How to store fresh lettuce from the garden? If you are harvesting leafy greens directly from your garden, or have purchased a beautiful head of lettuce from the grocery store, it is important to know how to keep fresh lettuce fresh for as long as possible. The best way to do this is by properly washing your greens and storing them correctly.
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Wash your lettuce thoroughly with cool water. This can be done in a large sink that is designated for washing produce (never use a hand wash, mop, or warewashing sink) or by using a salad spinner with a resealable lid. This will get rid of any dirt and pesticides from the lettuce heads. Then pat the lettuce dry between paper towels or in a salad spinner, and then put in a plastic bag to refrigerate. Make sure to remove as much air from the bag as possible before sealing, this will help lettuce stay crisp and prevent moisture build-up inside the bag.
If you don’t have a salad spinner, or your fridge isn’t big enough to accommodate a container of lettuce, simply line a plastic or glass storage container with paper towels and scatter the greens on top. Next, cover with a lid or resealable plastic bag and place in the fridge, making sure not to pack too tightly. The papers towels will absorb any excess moisture and the plastic bag will provide proper air circulation to keep your lettuce fresh. Keep lettuce away from fruits that give off ethylene gas, as this can accelerate the rate at which your lettuce spoils.