Have you been disappointed when you opened the crisper to get out the lettuce for a green salad, only to find it beginning to rust. The reddish brown tinged leaves are not very appetizing. This is a guide about keeping lettuce fresh.
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Because I live alone, it's less expensive to buy a whole head of lettuce or leafy green vegetable than in a plastic bag all by itself. When I get the head of lettuce home, I cut the core end off and remove any leaves that are bad. I wring a small terry cloth towel out with cold water and wrap the head of lettuce in it. I then put the head of lettuce with the towel in a plastic shopping bag, press out the excess air, twist the top of the bag and fasten with a clothes pin or twistie. I put this in the refrigerator.
About every second day, I unwrap the lettuce and cut off any brown that may have appeared. I have kept lettuce for up to three weeks that are fresh and good. When you remove leaves, do not cut off with a knife. Just pull off or cut off with kitchen shears.
By Clara from Roswell, GA
When preparing a head of lettuce, never use a metal knife. Always use a plastic blade. This will keep it from rusting (turning brown), so it looks and tastes so good. Works for me every time.
By dottie46 from USA
My green and red leaf lettuce keeps for about two weeks. I wrap it in a paper towel, and then put in into a plastic grocery sack. I then store it in the crisper of my refrigerator.
By Laura from Golden, CO
I keep lettuce and celery in aluminum foil. That works for me.
By Anne from Sewell, NJ
I have found that lettuce will keep a long time (up to 2 weeks) if I start with a head of lettuce (not a bag). I pull off the amount of leaves I need from the outside of the head and leave the hard center intact. Then I wash the leaves and use them in whatever I am making. I wrap the rest of the head in a plastic bag and put it in the vegetable drawer until the next use.
By Linda from Mesa, AZ
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Here are questions related to Keeping Lettuce Fresh.
How can I keep lettuce form rotting in fridge? The veggie bags with little holes are no longer on the market and I find the lettuce gets too wet in the veggie drawer.
Miriam from Southbury, CT
You can still get Debbie Meyer green bags, bed bath and beyond is one of the stores, or Amazon.
I worked in a small deli for a few years, about 1970. They had a solution, that sliced lettuce that had rust on the cut edges was soaked in and it removed almost all the rust. Anyone know or heard what this solution could be?
By Abigail A. 07/09/2015
Generally speaking, I slice off a fine layer of the cut side to use it again. It doesn't waste that much.
How do you keep lettuce from "rusting" in the frig and for how long?
By Pamela M
By Linda from Bloomington, IL 07/14/2011
This is a tip I got from a recipe newsletter, maybe this one. I live alone so I take a bag of my cut up lettuce (I use Romaine), And divide it so I have 2 ounces each in quart freezer bags. Then wrap a saltine in paper towel and put in with the lettuce. I have used lettuce that was 2 weeks old and it was fine.
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How do people keep lettuce fresh? I have tried everything I can think of, and always have to throw half of it away.
Marjorie from Michigan
1)core lettuce (slam the bottom on counter, and pull out stump)
2)rinse lettuce, and rip in half so water drains out well. dry if necessary.
3) place lettuce in a large tupperware/zip plastic bag, with a paper towel(to wick extra water away), change paper towel if it gets really damp.
4)never put in the back of the fridge, could freeze.-------
Another option: switch to romaine lettuce: filled with nutrients and easily outlasts iceberg lettuce. (04/10/2007)
I use romaine lettuce, because it is healthier. We just leave it in the original plastic bag. It stays in the veggie drawer. We only wash it when we remove a leaf.
Not only that, but I chop this lettuce for salads, including celery and other greens, and store it in a sealed plastic container. It lasts all week. When I want a salad, I put one or two handsful into a bowl, then add freshly chopped tomato and anything else that appeals to me. (04/10/2007)
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