How To Keep Lettuce Fresh For Weeks On End
Food is expensive, and to me, there are few things worse than food waste. Sometimes it seems like you bring home a bunch of produce, blink three times, and some of your fruits and veggies have already gone bad. I find that among all of the produce we commonly buy, lettuce seems to be one of quickest things to go bad. Fortunately, one food blogger shared a hack for preserving lettuce that went viral for how simple yet effective it is.
As reported by BuzzFeed, food blogger Lama Bazzi of the blog Taste Great Foodie shared a lettuce-preserving hack that she first heard from her husband, who learned the trick during a gig working at a restaurant. “My husband taught me to submerge carrots or celery in a container filled with water, covered in the fridge so they keep fresh for longer. I have been doing that since, but I recently decided I should try it with lettuce, and it worked wonderfully!” Lama explained.
In a quick yet informative TikTok video, Lama puts some pieces of lettuce in a mason jar, then pours in water to submerge the lettuce. She recommends putting a piece of paper towel over the opening to absorb some of the moisture before putting the lid on, but this step isn’t totally necessary. This hack will keep lettuce crisp and fresh instead of brown and soggy, even keeping lettuce fresh for one month.
Although you can leave the same water in the jar for up to two weeks, Lama recommends changing the water every few days to keep the lettuce as fresh as possible. Until I’d seen this hack in action, I never would have believed that it was possible to keep lettuce fresh for a month, let alone a week. This is a super handy hack to use if you happen to be going out of town for a little while and don’t want to waste lettuce. But it’s also just a great hack to try to reduce your food waste in general. Thanks for sharing this awesome hack, Lama!