How to Keep Lettuce Fresh for Two+ Weeks

April 26, 2022

Have you ever bought a beautiful head of lettuce from the farmer’s market, only for it to wilt and spoil after a few short days in the fridge? With this simple and easy kitchen hack, your lettuce will stay fresh for up to two+ weeks, making your days of limp lettuce a thing of the past! The best part is, this hack works with all types of lettuce, making it a versatile hack to keep in your back pocket.

Friends, I have a confession to make: even as a recipe developer, I am not immune to having food sit and rot in my fridge. I know, it’s the worst, but sometimes it happens! Even though I try my best to be as intentional as possible with the food that I buy, and make sure that everything gets used, sometimes there are days where the produce just spoils quicker than I expect it to. This especially happens with one of my favorite ingredients to work with: lettuce.

Until I found this hack, my lettuce would always die within a few days. And, unless you are only eating salads for days on end, then you know how hard finishing a full head of lettuce can be.

What You Need to Extend the Life of Your Lettuce

But, lucky for us, now we have this hack, which makes extending the life of your lettuce simple and easy (and, not to mention: also cost-effective and more sustainable!)

For this hack, all you need to do is start by cutting the stem off of your head of lettuce, then wrap the lettuce in a towel or paper towel.

Then, transfer the wrapped head of lettuce to a Stasher Bag (or ziplock bag!) and store in the fridge. The towel will ensure that the excess moisture from the lettuce is being absorbed, so that it stays fresh for longer!

How to Use Your Crisp, Fresh-for-Longer Lettuce

You might be wondering: “Nicole, what do I do with this abundance of fresh lettuce?” And friends, do I have some suggestions for you! Now that your lettuce is staying fresher for longer, it gives you the opportunity to play around with new, delicious ways to use it!

If you’re using romaine or. butter lettuce, I highly recommend making my Chicken Lettuce Cups for a quick, healthy, and delicious recipe that is sure to please everyone!

Or, if you’re using my favorite lettuce (aka kale), then you have to try my Copycat Hillstone Emerald Kale Salad, or my Ultimate Kale Salad with Creamy Tahini Lemon Dressing for two completely irresistible salad options!

I hope you guys love this simple and easy kitchen hack! If you decide to try it out, be sure to leave a comment below and let me know what you think! And if you post to Instagram, I repost your remakes on my IG stories! Enjoy! xx

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How to Keep Lettuce Fresh for Two+ Weeks

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Nicole Modic
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
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Have you ever bought a beautiful head of lettuce from the farmer's market, only for it to wilt and spoil after a few short days in the fridge? With this simple and easy kitchen hack, your lettuce will stay fresh for up to two+ weeks, making your days of limp lettuce a thing of the past! The best part is, this hack works with all types of lettuce, making it a versatile hack to keep in your back pocket.

Ingredients

  • 1 Head of Lettuce

Instructions

  • Start by washing and drying your lettuce, then carefully slice off the stem.
  • Next, wrap your lettuce head in a towel or paper towel.
  • Place the wrapped head of lettuce in a ziplock bag, and store in the fridge for up to two weeks.
  • The towel / paper towel will help to absorb any moisture, so that the head of lettuce will stay fresh for longer. Enjoy!

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