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Keep Your Lettuce Longer

Last week I mentioned how to save wilted lettuce, but how do you keep it from getting that way to begin with?

  • For starters you should discard any leaves that have brown or black spots.
  • Then soak them in an ice water bath for 15-30 minutes.
  • Spin them dry (or gently pat them dry with a kitchen towel) and wrap loosely in dry paper towels.
  • Finally put them in a ziploc bag, squeeze as much air as possible (don't crush the leaves), seal the bag 3/4 of the way and store in your fridge's produce drawer.

This entire process will help slow the deterioration process down and will hopefully, depending on the state it was in when you purchased it, allow your lettuce to last for up to two weeks.

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SU3 SU3 10 years
Great advice!
LaylaCams LaylaCams 10 years
You know my friends thought I was crazy when I talked about spinning lettuce. They were all "You mean like a veggie dryer, har har." They think I'm crazy I tell yah. :oy:
mudnessa mudnessa 10 years
I store my greens in my salad spinner after I have chopped them. I go through a lot of green feeding my iguana and its the quickest and best way I have found to keep my greens crispy.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I havent done all the tips you suggested Yum but I do put my lettuce in a ziploc bag and it makes such a difference. Do you have any tips on keeping onions longer. I always end up using half of an onion and storing the other half to come back and find it looking sad
HistoryGeek913 HistoryGeek913 10 years
good to know. I never manage to use all my lettuce before it gets nasty. Perhaps this technique will keep me from throwing so much of it away.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Good advice. Although Im sure a lot of people just want to chuck everything in the fridge after grocery shopping. Its hard to find the motivation to prep lettuce. Damn crisper should just work OT!
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