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Trick For Preventing Wilted Salad Greens

Whether the star of a salad bowl, thrown in a smoothie, or stacked in a sandwich, greens are a must to have on hand. Buying in bulk saves money, but how frustrating is it when a funky aroma and wilted greens greet you from the crisper drawer? Want your spinach, mesclun, and arugula to last longer? Try this little trick:

Divide your big container of greens into two to four smaller plastic bags. Close the top of each bag lightly with your fist, blow into the bag, and fill it with air (carbon dioxide). Then seal the bag by twisting the top a few times before closing it firmly with a twist tie. Place it in the fridge, and your greens are good to go.

These puffy bags might take up a little bit more room in your fridge, but the loss of space is worth it; your greens will stay bright, crisp, and flavorful, so you can enjoy healthy salads, smoothies, and sandwiches all week long. This tip works for all leafy greens, including herbs; just be sure produce is completely dry before placing them in the plastic bag. Don't worry about wasting plastic bags since these can be washed, air-dried, and reused for next time.

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SaraNoH SaraNoH 4 years
it kind of grosses me out though.... breathing on the entire bag of salad? maybe it's because I have a lung disease, so this seems so.... unhygienic to me...
Gladraffe Gladraffe 9 years
awesome tip!!! i had no idea. thanks for sharing!
pixelhaze pixelhaze 9 years
haha that does totally make sense! wow, takes me back to science class way back when. . .
SU3 SU3 9 years
Had no idea! Thanks, Fit!! :D
SU3 SU3 9 years
Had no idea! Thanks, Fit!! :D
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 9 years
I do the paper towel, thing too - but I always debate with myself whether I should keep air in or take it out, so I always leave a little. Thanks for clearing that up!
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 9 years
I do the paper towel, thing too - but I always debate with myself whether I should keep air in or take it out, so I always leave a little. Thanks for clearing that up!
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 9 years
XLOVE33... that exactly what I do.I always add two paper towels surrounding the lettuce..actually every week (on sunday evenings), my hubby chops up (with a plastic lettuce knife) 6 heads of Romaine lettuce, rinsed and spun in the salad sppiner (to remove all excess water) and divied evenly and stored in 2 gallon size freezer ziploc bags, each bag having 2 paper towels each and you divide the lettuce so that it's like 3 heads per bag..I always take at least one of the ziploc bags to work and one of them I leave home..My grocery store, Publix (it's mainly a Florida grocery store, I think), sells 3 heads of romaine per package. We buy every week, 2 packages..I actually do the contrary of the air thing, and remove all air. With the paper towels the bags last like a full solid week..Oh, very important, DO NOT STORE the bags of chopped lettuce against the sides of the refrigerator place the bags in the middle of the shelf or drawer (I'v enoticed that some refrigerators are much much to cold)..I've been doing this for about 2 years and the lettuce is still crisp, crucnchy and fresh.
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 9 years
XLOVE33... that exactly what I do. I always add two paper towels surrounding the lettuce. . actually every week (on sunday evenings), my hubby chops up (with a plastic lettuce knife) 6 heads of Romaine lettuce, rinsed and spun in the salad sppiner (to remove all excess water) and divied evenly and stored in 2 gallon size freezer ziploc bags, each bag having 2 paper towels each and you divide the lettuce so that it's like 3 heads per bag. . I always take at least one of the ziploc bags to work and one of them I leave home. . My grocery store, Publix (it's mainly a Florida grocery store, I think), sells 3 heads of romaine per package. We buy every week, 2 packages. . I actually do the contrary of the air thing, and remove all air. With the paper towels the bags last like a full solid week. . Oh, very important, DO NOT STORE the bags of chopped lettuce against the sides of the refrigerator place the bags in the middle of the shelf or drawer (I'v enoticed that some refrigerators are much much to cold). . I've been doing this for about 2 years and the lettuce is still crisp, crucnchy and fresh.
xlove33 xlove33 9 years
The real trick is to toss a paper towel in the bag to absorb excess moisture. This make lettuce last much longer and also keeps it from browning. It works for herbs too. Herbs can last weeks instead of days this way!
Pinkgirl88 Pinkgirl88 9 years
I am def trying this--- wow!
Pinkgirl88 Pinkgirl88 9 years
I am def trying this--- wow!
HistoryGeek913 HistoryGeek913 9 years
wonderful tip! I am in a constant struggle to keep my salad greens fresh. Going to try this one!
paize paize 9 years
thanks for te tip, i've always try to get the air out of the bag. hope this works, 'cause i hate it when i have to throw away vegetable.
suzanne suzanne 9 years
Get outtqa here!!! Who knew! I'll totally try this... thanks, Fit for this very useful tip :HuG:
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Huh. Who knew!?
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Huh. Who knew!?
Basma Basma 9 years
great tip ,,, my green salad are alwaysnot fresh :P
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
Ooh I *have* to try this - I'm so sick of having to throw out my greens almost immediately after I buy them if I don't eat them at once! It's such a waste. :(
mollipop mollipop 9 years
This definitely makes sense now that I think about it. What a great idea! Thanks for the veggie-saving tip Fit :-).
bizzybee bizzybee 9 years
Right on! Makes total sense when you think about but honestly it wasn't something I'd actually stopped to think about. Farewell slimy greens.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
REALLY? I've been sucking the air out of my zip-lock bags because I thought it kept them fresher for longer time! (slapping myself on the forehead)
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
REALLY? I've been sucking the air out of my zip-lock bags because I thought it kept them fresher for longer time! <em>(slapping myself on the forehead)</em>
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