How to Keep Lettuce Fresh Longer

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How to Keep Lettuce Longer

Food storage questions are common, especially since certain foods are difficult to keep fresh.  We frequently receive similar questions and concerns from homemakers about the same subject: how do you keep lettuce fresh?, how to keep lettuce longer, how to keep lettuce from turning brown, and how to keep your green lettuce – well, green!  Understandably, no one wants to throw away the hard-earned money they’ve spent on groceries.  We’re here to help with how to keep your lettuce longer!

Moisture is the number one enemy of your lettuce, spinach, and other green leafy cruciferous vegetables, plain and simple.  The secret to storing your lettuce properly so that it will not turn brown is controlling the moisture.

Many people choose lettuce at the grocery store and place it into a clear plastic bag from the produce section.  They then bring it home and place it in the refrigerator, still in the plastic bag, without special preparation.  A few days may pass, and then looking at the lettuce will be disappointing: brown lettuce, or worse- wilted, slimy, rotten lettuce.  There is most likely a wet layer on the inside of the bag, a tell-tale sign of improper storage. 

We’ve just described one of the top causes of uneaten lettuce being thrown in the trash: food storage gone wrong.  Unless you want brown lettuce, you’ll need to plan ahead and prepare your lettuce to live long enough in your refrigerator to be eaten!

The tip for how to keep lettuce fresh longer is this: Use paper to absorb moisture from your produce.  This helpful kitchen tip will allow you to keep spinach without it getting slimy as well.  The method below shares step by step instructions to keep lettuce from browning.

Kitchen Tip: How to Keep Lettuce Fresh Longer

1.  Remove lettuce from plastic wrapping or package, if there is one.

2.  Wrap the head of lettuce completely in one layer of paper towels, newspaper, or scrap printer paper.

3.  (Optional) Put the wrapped lettuce into a large plastic Ziploc bag.  Press excess air out of the bag, then seal the top.  This step is optional because you can go directly from step 2 to step 4 without making your lettuce brown much faster.

4.  Prepare your refrigerator’s produce drawer (crisper drawer) to store the lettuce and other leafy veggies.  Line drawer with paper towels (or newspaper or printer paper) on the bottom and around the edges.

5.  Place your lettuce in the drawer, wrapped and packaged from the previous steps, until ready to eat.

We recommend that you do NOT wash the lettuce until you are ready to eat it.  Even then, do not wash the entire head of lettuce.  Only tear off the leaves you’ll be using for that meal, wash and dry them.  Keep the remaining head of lettuce refrigerated according to the instructions above.

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