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Lettuce Talk | Storing Lettuce in the Fridge
Tuesday, January 15
Hey guys. Let's talk lettuce. I love lettuce. Weird, right? Or do other people love lettuce as much as I do? If a sandwich doesn't have lettuce, I'm not as inclined to eat it. I also get a little giddy whenever I go to a restaurant and their salads have just the perfect lettuce crispness. My husband isn't as big of a fan as I am. He could do without that green stuff. But I'm quite partial to it.
One of the problems I had with lettuce was that I just simply didn't know how to store it. A lot of the times I would just leave it in the bag. I would pull out a few pieces when I needed them, rinse them off, pat them dry, and try to use them. Didn't work so well - the lettuce was still damp and lost it's crispness. Other times, my lettuce would turn limp and go bad before I could even get to it all. So what's a girl to do when she wants nice, crisp lettuce whenever she wants it? She Googles, of course.
The Paupered Chef was the first place my search landed on. I took their tip of washing and storing lettuce and created my own method. It works wonders - my lettuce stays crisp and fresh and I've got clean lettuce on hand whenever I want it.
Step 1: Grab your lettuce, a hand towel, and a large cutting board and set them out on the counter by the kitchen sink.
Step 2: Begin pulling off my lettuce leaves one by one. I like to rinse off each leaf individually, then lay them on my cutting board.
Step 3: Once all of the lettuce has been rinsed, leave them out to dry for a bit. Usually I'll use this time to do other things around the kitchen (wash and cut up fruits and veggies, clean up after dinner, etc). The lettuce won't entirely dry on its own. When I'm ready to move on to the next step, I usually pat them dry with a paper towel (you could also place them in a salad spinner).
Step 4: Once the leaves are decently dry, pile them up on one end of a clean kitchen towel.
Step 5: After all of the leaves are on your towel, roll them up! Make sure that no ends are sticking out of the top or bottom of the towel.
Step 6: Place the towel in the fridge drawer that holds your other vegetables and pull out whenever needed.
I used to wrap my lettuce up in paper towels instead of a kitchen towel; it worked great, but I wasted a ton of paper towels. So I switched to my green towel instead. It's a simple trick for your kitchen that will hopefully save you from anymore spoiled or un-crisp lettuce!
Also, if you buy iceberg lettuce, I would recommend getting another type instead. I prefer romaine. Romaine lettuce has "approximately 10 times more vitamin A than Iceberg." If you'd like to read more about the nutritional value of romaine vs. iceberg, click here.
And here's another tip - one that probably the rest of the world knows about and I've only recently discovered. Did you know that there is such a thing as a pineapple corer/slicer? I just found this out, people. And it's amazing. My pineapple slicing days have forever been changed.
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