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How To Store Lettuce


Does your lettuce go bad before you get a chance to use all of it?  Are you throwing money down the garbage disposal in the form of brown, yucky lettuce?  I used to, a lot.  (This sounds like a bad commercial!)  Seriously though, years ago I came across the best tip ever about storing lettuce, and maybe you all know about this, but I sure didn't.  Even my own mother didn't.
Sorry mom.  :)
I've been storing my lettuce this way ever since.  It stays crisp and fresh to the very last little bit.  Every single head.  I bet there are others besides myself, out there who just might be learning this for the first time, like I did years ago.  If that's the case, I hope this makes you as happy as it makes me! 

  1. Rinse lettuce well.  For green leafy lettuce, cut off bottom and wash each individual leaf. 
  2. Drain onto a paper towel. 
  3. With another paper towel, wrap your lettuce and fit inside a gallon ziplock bag.  Zip closed, and store in your refrigerators produce drawer. 

    Do the same with iceburg lettuce, wash and remove the stem, then wrap in a dry paper towel. 

I like to have 2 or 3 different kinds of lettuce in the fridge at all times, so I can pull together a quick salad in a snap.
Try it out!  Just watch how long your lettuce will stay fresh!
Please tell me I'm not the only one who didn't know this until her 30's.


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