Washing and Storing Lettuces

June 10th, 2010 by Erin Gennow
3 Types of Lettuce

3 Types of Lettuce

Forget bagged lettuce.  Save some money and go for the un-bagged loose leaf or head lettuces.  Or try chard or kale. I love getting a variety of lettuces from the farmer’s market to combine in different ways.  Wash it right when you get home and then bag it yourself so it’s ready to use when you are ready to eat.  Here’s how:

Fill a sink with cold water.  Put the lettuce in and swish it around.  All the dirt will sink to the bottom.  Sometimes on really dirty produce I need to scrub some of the dirt off.

Rinsing Lettuce

Rinsing Lettuce

Now, take it for a spin (in a salad spinner that is).  Lift it out of the water, shake it out, and put it in a salad spinner.  I spin vigorously for about 10 seconds, pour out the collected water in the tub, and then I spin the lettuce some more.  You may even get your kids to enthusiastically help with this part.

Lettuce in the Salad Spinner

Lettuce in the Salad Spinner

Lay the lettuce out on a linen towel (paper towels work too), and let it air dry.

Lettuce Drying

Lettuce Drying

Once it’s almost dry, roll it up, place it in a zip top bag, and squeeze all the air out as you close the bag.  Store it in the refrigerator.

Depending on the type of produce and how fresh it was when you bought it will determine how long it will keep.  Usually it will keep anywhere from 2-7 days.  Heartier produce like kale and chard keep the longest, baby greens the shortest.

You can clean and store herbs and other produce like this as well.

Alternatively, if you only have a small amount of lettuce you can fill your spinner tub and basket with water and swish the lettuce around, then lift up your spinner basket and get rid of the dirty water.  Now spin your lettuce and leave it right in the spinner with the lid on and store it in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Check back soon to see how to make an easy, basic salad dressing.

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2 Responses to “Washing and Storing Lettuces”

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