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How to Store Lettuce

One of the key elements to a really good salad is working with crisp lettuce that bursts with moisture. But we all know how quick those delicate leaves wilt, so those greens you bought on the weekend don’t look so good by the end of the week.

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Proper storage can help extend the life of your lettuce. Here’s how to do it in three easy steps.

Sort and Separate

Remove any rotting leaves as soon as you get home. They produce ethylene gas and will accelerate deterioration in the rest of the plant. Separate lettuces leaves from the root.


To wash the leaves well, fill up a large bowl with clean, cold water and add a handful of ice cubes. Dunk the leaves a few times, then leave them to soak in the ice water for 10-30 minutes. Lift them out without disturbing the water too much, as the dirt should have settled at the bottom. Dry the leaves thoroughly, preferably with a salad spinner if you have one.

Use or Store

Wrap any leaves you aren't using immediately between one of two sheets of dry paper towel or in a clean kitchen towel. Seal up the whole package in a plastic bag, squeezing out all the air. Store in a cold fridge, where they’ll keep for about five to seven days.

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