Keeping lettuce fresh - suggestions?

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Hi everyone! It has been a loooong time since I've been here, but couldn't think of who else to ask. I typically buy the larger clamshell containers of organic lettuce to use at home. The main reason is to encourage myself to actually eat more veggies, which is easier for me to do when I can grab a big handful for a salad. The issue is the lettuce ends up decomposing in the clamshell way before the "best by" date. I've tried a couple things, like placing a new paper towel on top of the lettuce every time I use some, or wiping the extra moisture off the lid. Any ideas on how to lengthen the shelf life, even by a few days? Thanks.

Scott
 
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For leaf lettuce I always washed it, spin dry(you do have a salad spinner right?), then wrap in barely damp paper towels and place it in a ziplock. Would keep 2 weeks easy if I got away from my normal salad a night routine.
 
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If it is a sturdy lettuce the above tips will work great.

Micro greens are another story.

If you must wash them (and I get it...I have to as well)  rinse gently just before using by floating in a bowl of cold water then spin.

Otherwise eat faster or buy from a salad bar.

The $$ will most likely be the same but you will be spared that wastage of food guilt trip.

mimi
 
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Thanks all for the responses. The plastic clamshell keeps a decent amount of moisture inside, maybe too much. The spinach and green leaf stays fine, it's some of the reds that have the problem. If I bought a smaller package that would certainly help, but then I would be going to the store more often, using more gas, more time, etc. I'll keep experimenting, maybe by leaving the packaging open to allow some of the excess moisture to evaporate. Thanks all!
 

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Hi everyone! It has been a loooong time since I've been here, but couldn't think of who else to ask. I typically buy the larger clamshell containers of organic lettuce to use at home. The main reason is to encourage myself to actually eat more veggies, which is easier for me to do when I can grab a big handful for a salad. The issue is the lettuce ends up decomposing in the clamshell way before the "best by" date. I've tried a couple things, like placing a new paper towel on top of the lettuce every time I use some, or wiping the extra moisture off the lid. Any ideas on how to lengthen the shelf life, even by a few days? Thanks.

Scott
Welcome back, Scott.  I sometimes buy the prepackaged salads. (They're pre-measured, and easy when I need a quick bite.) I got pretty sick awhile ago.  I wouldn't keep it hanging around too long.

https://www.bing.com/images/search?...655&thid=JN.0JT2DH7V+KdsFqXB0o0S/g&ajaxhist=0

Wondering if making up several salads in jars at one time (adding fresh lettuce at serving time) would be a better idea.

https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=saLAD+in+a+jar&FORM=HDRSC2
 
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Pick out and use the parts that don't keep well and use them first?

Sounds dull but may work for you.

mimi
 
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Firmer greens seem to keep better, Romaine for instance, they have more nutrients in them too...I've had poor luck with Iceberg lettuce, maybe a vacuum sealer like the guy in the video says.
 
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