Make Lettuce Last Longer

Are you sick of your pretty head of lettuce turning brown and rotting in just a couple of days? Me too. I made a little discovery last week. I went shopping and after putting away the groceries, there was no room left for the lettuce. I cut out the core, filled the head with water to clean it, and let it drain well. I then shredded some off the bottom for a salad.

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I put a couple of really wet paper towels under the cut side and one over the top. The lettuce lived on the counter for 4 days. When I checked on it, it was perfectly fresh. No rot, no brown, just perfectly preserved lettuce. It is still living on the counter after 7 days, green and crispy. I think that keeping it dry except for the moisture underneath is the key.

Go Figure.

Soo from Oroville, CA

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February 23, 20100 found this helpful

Question, did you keep rewetting the paper towels to keep everything moist? I'm intrigued too.

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February 24, 20100 found this helpful

Hmmmm, I always put paper towels in my Romaine lettuce and put it is a zip lock bag. I just prefer the Romaine because if is better for you. I have never kept it on the counter though.

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But it keeps a long time this way. I do the same with a green pepper....I am alone so many times I don't use the whole pepper and found this method works well for me. I sometimes wad the paper towel up and stick it in the cavity of the pepper.

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February 24, 20100 found this helpful

Many years ago, my aunt taught me to core the lettuce, let water run through it , then wrap it in a kitchen towel, put it in a plastic bag and refrigerate. It can keep for weeks this way.

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