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How to Keep Lettuce Fresh

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How to Store Lettuce


I hate when I buy lettuce, get it home and go to use it a few days later only to find that it’s already turned. That just stinks -- and it’s a costly error if you do it often.

So how can you store lettuce so that it stays fresh and perfect? It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

1. Wash and dry it.


When you get home, separate the leaves of lettuce from the core. Then, wash and dry them gently. One of those salad-spinning contraptions works great for this, removing much of the dirt and debris from the lettuce and leaving it pretty dry without being beaten up.

2. Wrap it in paper towels.


Next, wrap the lettuce in paper towels. Use dry ones for all varieties except for iceberg, which should be wrapped in damp towels. From there, you can keep it together by putting it in an unsealed plastic bag.

3. Store in the crisper drawer, set to low-humidity.


This last part is really important. Lettuce should always be stored in the crisper drawer of the fridge, with it set to low-humidity. This will help keep the lettuce the longest. The humidity is important, because higher humidity can lead to limp or soggy lettuce.

See? Easy peasy.

Lettuce in Recipes


Use that fresh lettuce in great recipes like these:

Want more salad ideas? Check out our article on the Top 10 Veggies in a Salad!



Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah’s Cucina Bella.

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