Keeping Bag Lettuce Fresh

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skirch97

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Posted: 13 Aug 2012, 15:35
I usually buy bags of lettuce to make salads with, but they don't seem to stay fresh very long after I open them. I've tried putting them in a regular bowl with a lid and it ends up soggy. Any tips on keeping lettuce fresh?
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HighwayGirl3...

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Posted: 13 Aug 2012, 15:36
I saw on Pinterest if you put them in glass mason jars it will keep your lettuce crisp for up to a week. I have not personally tried this but it's worth a shot.
thynes

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Posted: 13 Aug 2012, 15:39
No clue... I gave up on the bagged lettuce a long time ago. Found that my romaine heads will keep a week easy with no special treatment so most of the time I stick with that.
diana1096

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Posted: 13 Aug 2012, 15:46
That would be an awfully big mason jar or lots of mason jars around here. =)I eat salad daily and sometimes twice a day. I buy 1 head of lettuce every 2-3 days. I shred it by chopping it in half, then quarters and then thin slices. I store it in a gallon size ziplock. It keeps in my crisper for 2+ normally I have it all eaten by the 3rd day but I did have some in there that I let sit and it was still good on the fourth day. If you don't have a crisper just keep it as far away as you can from the freezer.
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Posted: 13 Aug 2012, 16:08
Ziploc makes vegetable bags that have small holes in them to allow the excess moisture to evaporate. I find they work great. Also, for the lettuces I get that come in a plastic box, I take a knife and stab a bunch of holes in the top and sides to create the same effect. It's saved me tons of money because now I rarely have to throw any lettuce out.

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NCNOLE

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Posted: 13 Aug 2012, 18:51
I buy the baby spinach and I put it in a large tupperware (lock n lock brand). I put a dry paper towel in the bottom and one on top. That helps absorb the excess water. It typically lasts 5 days. I eat a lot of it and usually go through several bags in a week. I divide some into individual tupperware bowls with a paper towel on top for my lunches and those last the entire week.
BeaugezD

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Posted: 14 Aug 2012, 08:13
I buy lettuce by the head and clean it myself and then I tear it into the size I want and it goes into a tupperware bowl with the lid off for a couple of hours in the fridge for the extra moisture to dissolve then the lid goes on. The head of lettuce will last 5 to 7 days or until it is gone. However, I still use the iceberg lettuce and I have a salad everyday, no waste!!!
Hildi72

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Posted: 17 Aug 2012, 10:09
Man, I need to learn these tips. Usually, when we buy bagged lettuce I eat it that same day. I don't wait because it seems to last 2-3 days at most. I like getting the heads of lettuce because they last longer. I love lettuce and will eat more of it than any other veggie.
krystynecar

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Posted: 17 Aug 2012, 23:12
The mason jars work well for pre-made salads - you can make your complete salad up (sans dressings) and pop them in the fridge and grab one for lunch each day - it's healthy fast food! I have never really had to worry about lettuce going bad we eat it so fast. I keep mine in a big zip lock though. Never use metal knives if you are going to cut it - the lettuce will rust.
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meimei071625

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Posted: 18 Aug 2012, 01:09
http://www.stellaskitchen.com/howtokeeplettucefresh.html this is an article on how to keep your lettuce fresh and crisp..hope it helps



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