It seems like one of my favorite vegetables is also one of the ones that goes bad the fastest. I simply hate wasting good, it is something that does really bother me. There are a few things that you can do to stretch the time and make good use of your lettuce. There are some things that you can do:
Take all the lettuce leaves off and place them in a big bowl or even better a salad spinner. Pour 1 cup of vinegar in the bowl and then fill the bowl with water. Gently mix the lettuce, water and vinegar around and let soak for just a few minutes. Drain the vinegar water solution and rinse the lettuce thoroughly in water. If using a salad spinner then spin dry the lettuce. If not transfer to a colander and shake off excess water. Lay the leaves out and air dry lettuce on a dry surface.
When dry place in a gallon plastic zip bag with a paper towel, squeeze all air out of bag and chill
Prepare your own shredded lettuce , store in a smaller 1 quart plastic zip bag with 1/2 sheet of paper towel. This will be perfect for grab n go tacos, salads, burritos, or subs
For iceberg lettuce, remove and discard the outside layer of leaves, rinse the whole head of lettuce well under running water, shake it dry (water can work it’s way inside when you rinse it) and wipe excess water off with a towel. Wrap the entire head in a paper towel, place in a plastic bag, and store in the fridge. Pull off leaves or cut off chunks of lettuce as you need them, rewrap remaining lettuce in paper towel and return to plastic bag. Iceberg will keep fresh for a very long time if you store it correctly!
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