Friday, May 7, 2010

Keeping Lettuce Fresh for Long Time

Whenever I watch Jamie Oliver’s show, I envy his garden. In his cooking show, he would just harvest the vegetables and herbs from his backyard (or side yard or front yard, I don’t know) and cook them immediately. They look so fresh and nutritious!

Even for a food and cooking lover like me, I am not lucky to have a spare land to plant these veggies, though I tried to plant on some pots but to no avail.  So for most of us, the easiest way to get those fresh produce is a trip to the market. However, even we get the freshest of the day’s produce from the shelf; we do not consume them immediately. We stick them inside the fridge and leave them there till they become soggy. This was my major problem in buying green leafy vegetables specially the lettuce.  Now, I solved that problem by doing some research and watching Jamie Oliver’s cooking show. He sometimes gives tips on keeping and storing ingredients aside from cooking yummy food.

Here are the tips on how to keep your green leafy vegetables fresh for days:

1. When buying at the market, check the leaves for rots and tears. Most of the greens have moisture in it and you don’t want to shake it off, so take a plastic bag and put your hand inside them then grab the veggie with it and pull the plastic up. If the veggie is prepackaged, choose one which is in a clam-type plastic container. This type of container keeps the leaves in form.  After buying your green veggies, head back home as soon as possible.

2.  In storing your prepackaged veggies, remove the veggies from the container then put a paper towel at the bottom of the clam-type plastic container, wash your veggies and shake some excess water, put them back, place another paper towel on top of the veggies, close it and put in the refrigerator (vegetable crisper). 

In keeping your loose green veggies like lettuce, remove the leaves from the stalk and wash them. Shake off some water and put them on a towel. The towel will absorb the remaining water in the leaves and make it damp. Wrap the leaves loosely with the same towel and put it inside a plastic or glass container and place inside the fridge. This will last for a week or more than that.

The dampness of the towel and the cold temperature keep the leaves fresh. Use the greens in your salads or as wraps. Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

this is helpful, i always buy lettuce but don't know how to keep them. thanks for the post!

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