The Best Food Prep Tip of the Year (at least I think so)

How long do you expect lettuce to “keep” in the refrigerator? A few days? A week? Have you ever bought lettuce, or some other fresh green, with some vague plan to use it in a salad or on sandwiches, only to find a wilted mess some days later, because you forgot about it? Unfortunately it has happened way more often than I want to admit. I hate wasting food, and I really hate it when it’s because I forgot it was “in there”.

Having a menu or some kind of plan has helped cut down on that kind of waste, but I found something else that helps too. I don’t know what I was looking for when I found this article, but I think it may be the best tip I’ve seen in a long time.

I bought some lettuce about three weeks ago, and prepped it this way:

Lettuce

Lettuce

Cut it. Rinsed it. Patted it with some paper towels to dry it.

cut and rinsed

cut and rinsed

Laid it out in a relatively single layer on dry paper towels.

single layer on paper towels

single layer on paper towels

Rolled it up, in the paper towels.

Rolling

Rolling

rolled

rolled

Put the roll in a food storage bag.

in the bag

in the bag

Labeled the bag.

labeled

labeled

Put it in the fridge and promptly forgot I even had it…until Monday night.

We were making hamburgers, and I remembered that I had lettuce in there somewhere. I was kind of apprehensive when I opened the bag, because there was no way that lettuce would have survived three weeks, right?

Well, this is what I found.

Three weeks later

Three weeks later

Honestly, the taste and texture was like it had been when I wrapped it. No kidding!

Think of the possibilities!

Connie

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