For the past two weeks, we have been going to a local U-Pick farm, Sterken Farms, and bringing home bags of baby and head lettuce for the rest of the week. Washing and storing it properly is the key to making it last the whole week.
If I have the choice, I pick baby greens, instead of heads. They are easier to clean and have less bugs. 😉
I wash three times in cool water, then spin dry in the salad spinner. Then I stuff the lettuces in a zipper freezer bag, as many as I can fit and sucking out as much air as possible, and store in the fridge. If I have paper towels around (not usually) I’ll add a piece inside the bag to absorb excess water.
This is one of those tasks in the kitchen where I haven’t found a way to replace the plastic. So I buy the zipper bags but reuse them as long as I can. Eventually, I will dispose of them, but I don’t consider them as truly disposable if I get so much life out of them. When I think about how many zipper bags I used to use – I feel I’ve come along way if I only buy a box twice a year, if that, now.
I'd be happy to hear any suggestions for how you wash and store lettuce and/or avoid plastic use!
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