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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