Keeping Lettuce Fresh – The Best Tips

It starts in the supermarket

If you pay attention to a few things in the supermarket and buy fresh lettuce, it will last a few days longer.

  • The stalk of the lettuce should still be light and show no brown marks. Otherwise, it is definitely not fresh and will not last long in your fridge.
  • It is best to buy regional salad from the area. The shorter transport routes more or less guarantee that the lettuce is fresh.

You should pay attention to this at home

You can also use two tricks for storing lettuce. This preserves the nutrients and vitamins and you can still enjoy the salad after 2-3 days. Do not store lettuce next to tomatoes or fruit, as these give off ethylene and quickly spoil the lettuce.

  • Place the lettuce in a food-grade plastic bag. You should make small holes in the bag (e.g. with a fork). Then place it in the crisper of your fridge as it is drier here.
  • You can also soak a cloth in heavily diluted vinegar and wrap the lettuce in this cloth. If you then wrap it up in the crisper and put it in this way, it will last up to three days longer than usual.
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Written by John Myers

Professional Chef with 25 years of industry experience at the highest levels. Restaurant owner. Beverage Director with experience creating world-class nationally recognized cocktail programs. Food writer with a distinctive Chef-driven voice and point of view.

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