How to keep lettuce from so it doesn't wilt

How to keep lettuce from so it doesn't wilt

Lettuce is tasty, bright and nutritious: the perfect vehicle for a punchy salad dressing and a good accompaniment to a rich meal. You can always buy pre-washed lettuce at the grocery store, but we prefer to buy head lettuce whenever possible. Head lettuce lasts longer than canned and produces a fresh, crisp texture. Look for a firm bunch of lettuce with bright, shiny leaves and avoid anything that looks thin or brown. Lettuce has a high water content and can be very tender, so it goes bad quickly once picked.

Keep reading for our best tips for storing lettuce so it doesn't die before you have a chance to enjoy it.

 How to store Romaine lettuce 

Romaine is a popular variety of lettuce with long, shiny leaves and a mild, almost sweet taste. It's great in a Caesar salad, put it on a sandwich, or use it as a side dish in a vegetable spread. You'll often find romaine hearts packaged in plastic bags at the grocery store, but they're sometimes sold in bunches, without a bag.

 When you get home from the store, first remove the romaine from its packaging and discard any damaged outer leaves. Next, wrap the buds in a paper towel and place them in a new plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. Do not remove the leaves or wash them until the day you plan to eat them; Whole heads stay fresh longer than individual leaves, and moisture causes the surface to collapse. Romaine lettuce is stored this way and will stay fresh and warm for about a week.


How to store iceberg lettuce 

 Iceberg lettuce is a pale leafy green and cabbage, known for its high water content and refreshing properties. We love it in classic salads, fried and added to tacos. You'll often find iceberg lettuce wrapped in plastic at the grocery store. Here's how to make a 'Magnificent Salad' Unlike romaine lettuce and many other types of lettuce, we recommend storing any iceberg lettuce in its original packaging in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator until the day you are ready to use it. Do not freeze or wash iceberg lettuce until you are ready to eat it, as too much water will cause it to wilt. Stored this way, iceberg lettuce should stay fresh for up to 10 days.

 How to Store Fresh Lettuce 

Lucky enough to have your own vegetable garden and grow your own lettuce? Our advice for storing this head of picked lettuce depends on how clean the surface is. If you're harvesting head of lettuce that has a lot of grain and may have bugs inside, go ahead and wash your lettuce so you don't make a mess in your fridge. After washing the surface, store it in a plastic bag and paper towel to absorb the water and store everything in your refrigerator drawer. Just be aware that washing greens makes them go bad quickly, so try to eat them within a few days. 

If your lettuce is fresh, store it as store-bought lettuce; Simply wrap the whole head in a paper towel and store in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.

 How to store head lettuce 

Our general rule for storing head lettuce is to discard any damaged outer leaves, then gently wrap the head in a paper towel and store it in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer. This method protects lettuce from water damage, and preserves it for a week to 10 days, depending on the type of lettuce and its original condition.

How to store shredded lettuce 

Store shredded lettuce in a plastic bag lined with paper towels to absorb moisture. Store the bag in your refrigerator drawer for best results. This shredded lettuce, which is great for adding to tacos or as a topping for added crunch, should last about five days when stored this way.

 Can you freeze lettuce? 

Yes, you can freeze lettuce, but that only works if you clean the leaves before freezing. If you do not do this, frozen and thawed lettuce will be soft and tasteless, which will not be suitable for a fresh salad. We recommend pouring clean water into ice cube trays, cooling them until the ice cubes are solid, and then transferring them to a plastic bag. 


 Wondering how to cook with frozen lettuce? 

We like to add it to soups or smoothies for a nutritional boost. Frozen lettuce will add a mild flavor, but it's an easy way to add greens to your diet and a great way to get kids to eat more vegetables! 

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