Don’t Bag Lettuce: Everything you need to know about how to store salad greens
We’ve found the answer to one of the most frustrating kitchen problems: limp and slimy lettuce and salad greens.
Just how do you keep your salad greens fresh for more than a day after you buy them?
The answer is simple.
Place your salad greens in an airtight container.
We enlisted the University of Otago to test the best storage methods for bagged lettuce. It found that storing them in an airtight container can keep them fresher for longer. The worst way to store your salad greens is to leave them in the opened bag that you bought them in. See the comparison below.
If you don’t have an airtight container handy, put your salad leaves in a ziplock bag with a paper towel to help extend their life.
What about iceberg lettuce?
There are two great ways to store your iceberg lettuce to keep it fresh and crisp.
If you have a specially designed lettuce crisper (which you can buy here), then use that.
If you don’t have a lettuce crisper, then you can wrap your iceberg lettuce in a paper towel and place it in a ziplock bag.
Following either method means your lettuce may last for up to 4.5 times longer than if you just left the lettuce unwrapped in the fridge.
Limp lettuce leaves can be revived by soaking them in cold water for up to twenty minutes in the fridge.