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• How can I use DOLE Salads in recipes?
• What is the best way to store DOLE Salads?
• Can I freeze DOLE Salads?
• Is it necessary to wash DOLE Salads before serving them?
• Can I still use a DOLE Salad after the "Best If Used By Date" stamped on the bag?
• Where can I buy the dressings included with DOLE Salads?
• How are DOLE Salads produced in order that they remain fresh?
• Are there any preservatives in my DOLE Salad?
• How do I keep the product from spoiling once it has been opened?
• Sometimes a salad has a funny smell; what causes this odor?
• What causes a salad to have lettuce chunks?
• Are DOLE Salads certified as Kosher?
• What standards are used to qualify the DOLE Organic Salads as organic?
• What measures does Dole take to ensure the safety of DOLE Salads?
• Where are DOLE Salads produced?
• What can I do if I am unable to find my favorite DOLE Salad product?
How can I use DOLE Salads in recipes?
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What is the best way to store DOLE Salads?
DOLE Salads should be refrigerated at all times until serving. For optimal freshness, keep leftover salad refrigerated and closed tightly in its original DOLE Salad bag. Salad should be eaten within two days after opening.
Can I freeze DOLE Salads?
We do not recommend freezing DOLE Salads since lettuce is very fragile and its texture would become limp and mushy.
Is it necessary to wash DOLE Salads before serving them?
DOLE Salads are thoroughly washed in purified water and are sold ready-to-eat. As a result, it is not necessary for you to wash the salad prior to eating. Nevertheless, rinsing your salad again will not damage the lettuce or vegetables in any way.
Can I still use a DOLE Salad after the "Best If Used By Date" stamped on the bag?
We do not recommend eating a salad after the "Best If Used By Date." Like all fresh vegetables, DOLE Salads have a limited shelf life (even when refrigerated), and the "Best If Used By" instructions should be observed.
Where can I buy the dressings included with DOLE Salads?
We are very pleased that you enjoy our salad dressings. Currently, our dressings are packaged exclusively for the DOLE salad kits. The formulations (recipes) are proprietary and Dole has no plans to bottle and sell the dressings separately at this time.
How are DOLE Salads produced in order that they remain fresh?
DOLE Salads are kept fresh through carefully controlled refrigeration at every stage of production. In addition, DOLE Salads are washed, cut, packaged and shipped in refrigerated containers within hours of harvesting. To further ensure freshness from farm to table, the salads are packaged in specially designed "breathable" bags, which allow the vegetables to maintain freshness for an extended period without the use of preservatives. This see-through bag also allows you to inspect the salad in the supermarket, and we recommend you do so in order to guarantee the freshest product on your table.
Are there any preservatives in my DOLE Salad?
Dole's technologically advanced "breathable" salad bag naturally preserves the lettuces and vegetables, without the use of preservatives.
How do I keep the product from spoiling once it has been opened?
After the salad package has been opened, push excess air out of the package before reclosing it and store immediately in the refrigerator to maintain freshness. Salad should be eaten within two days after opening for optimal freshness.
Sometimes a salad has a funny smell; what causes this odor and is it harmful?
In order to keep itself fresh, the lettuce gives off carbon dioxide, causing a slight odor. This carbon dioxide is not harmful and the odor should disappear quickly once the salad package is opened.
What causes a salad to have lettuce chunks?
Due to weather conditions, some lettuce heads grow so the leaves are held together in a very compact manner. While we do our best to cut our salad lettuce into uniform pieces, this is more challenging with seasonal compact head lettuce.
Are DOLE Salads certified as Kosher?
The DOLE Salad product is Kosher certified when the Kosher symbol appears on the front by the date code.
What standards are used to qualify the DOLE Organic Salad as organic?
To qualify for the certified organic seal, DOLE Lettuce must be grown, handled and processed without the use of synthetical fertilizers, chemical herbicides, fumigants, or unapproved pesticides on soil or produce. Land must observe a 3-year transition period that has been farmed conventionally. Products must be certified by an third party organization. The farms are required to keep details records of all the materials used in their growing operations.
The National Organic Program (NOP) now governs certification of farming and product practices for organic product. The NOP has now created a uniform definition of organic foods with standardized product labeling guidelines. The establishment of the program now assures consumers that they are purchasing consistent organic products following standard guidelines.
What measures does Dole take to ensure the safety of DOLE Salads?
Dole takes extremely stringent measures to ensure the safety of its fresh-cut salads through a rigorous set of industry hygiene and sanitation standards known as HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points), a method of analyzing and testing a product at every stage of preparation. Dole uses state-of-the-art refrigerated transportation technologies and constantly stays abreast of the latest in technology. As technology advances, Dole will strive to use the best and safest methods in food preparation.
Dole's processing facilities are highly hygienic environments that consistently rank among the highest in the food industry for quality and safety. In addition, Dole's state-of-the-art Soledad plant was awarded Food Engineering Magazine's "1996 Plant of the Year" honors for outstanding design and safety engineering.
Where are DOLE Salads produced?
Dole has state-of-the-art plants located in Soledad, California; Yuma, Arizona; and Springfield, Ohio. Dole's salad processing operations are situated throughout the country so that they are close to growing areas; this allows fresh-picked vegetables to be washed, cut, packaged, and transported to market within hours of harvest.
What can I do if I am unable to find my favorite DOLE Salad product?
Every effort is made to provide as wide a selection of DOLE products as possible in stores across the country. If you can't find what you are looking for, it is important to let your store manager know. Ask the manager to see if the product can be obtained from the store's warehouse. If it is not available, this is your opportunity to let the store know you would like to be able to purchase it from them. Although we would like to see all of our products carried by every store, regional preferences vary and, as a result, your favorite product may be available only in certain areas.