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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

How to Keep Lettuce Crisper Longer

I live on a Ranch 14 miles from the nearest Mom and Pop Grocery store and almost 40 miles from the nearest warehouse store.   I have to find ingenious ways to have all my favorite fresh foods like fruits and veggies without having to travel to "Town" every few days.   One of the big issues was lettuce, I crave a fresh salad at almost every meal and limp, lifeless lettuce is not appealing to anyone!  So I have learned to do these few simple steps and now I always have fresh, crisp lettuce in the refrigerator, weeks after buying it.  

I buy a large package of Romaine lettuce from the warehouse store, usually about 6 heads of Romaine Lettuce and then follow these procedures:

First separate all the leaves and place in a clean sink of fresh cold water.

Remove the lettuce leaves from the water and let drain on a kitchen towel for a few minutes. Then place in a salad spinner!   Salad Spinners are not that expensive and will save you money in the long term.

I spend extra time spinning the lettuce drier and it really pays off!!  I have two packages of lettuce in my fridge right now that I purchased almost 3 weeks ago and it's crisp and fresh.  Yep, Salad Spinner!!

Place the leaves on a dry paper towel, I used the length of two paper towels. Gently roll up the lettuce inside the towels and place in a plastic ziplock baggie

Make sure all the air is out of the bag and place in the crisper section of your refrigerator. 

Now I have fresh lettuce for the next few weeks!!

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  1. I always use a paper towel too! I was worried that prewashing would make them limp, but now I know and will follow your advice! Thanks!

  2. Great tips! You talked me into buying a salad spinner when you said 3 weeks!

  3. Good to know! I'll keep an eye out for salad spinners but they are hard to find here.

  4. This is great to know! I always end up throwing away lettuce, which is so annoying!
    I have that same salad spinner and I LOVE it!

  5. Hi, Evelyn
    Great tip and thanks for sharing.

  6. Such great tips for such a common problem. I am trying this the next time I have lettuce

  7. Fantastic info, thanks for sharing this one!

  8. That is just the coolest tip! I had no idea you could keep lettuce longer that way. I don't buy lettuce very much since I'm the only one who eats it and it usually goes bad before I eat it all.

  9. What a great tip for lettuce and we too have a salad every night. Thanks for sharing that.

  10. I buy lettuce in bulk too - glad to know I can wash it all at one time! Found this at #FoodieFridays

  11. Great advice...I was washing the mix we got from our CSA and after it dried putting it in a plastic bag with a paper towel. But now that the season is over, I haven't been doing it! Your advice is perfect and I think I could do a better job of preserving with wrapping it up!


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