The easiest way to keep lettuce, delicate greens and herbs fresher for longer in the refrigerator!
It’s Healthy Kitchen Hacks Wednesday – the day we share our favorite time-saving kitchen tricks and cooking shortcuts to help you make healthy and delicious meals.
Now…onto today’s featured Healthy Kitchen Hack:
Easy Way To Keep Lettuce and Herbs Fresher Longer
Over the years, I’ve experimented with different ways to give longer life to my salad greens and fresh herbs. I’ve put herb stems in a glass of water. I’ve stored lettuce with a paper towel. I’ve divided up greens into individually portioned bags.
And while of these tricks have worked fairly well, admittedly, sometimes I’m just too lazy or I just plain forget, especially when those greens are going back into the fridge a second or third time.Simple trick to keep salad greens + herbs fresher longer via @tspbasil #healthykitchenhacks Click To Tweet
But blowing air into the bag before sealing? Now, that’s something I can easily do every time before those greens go back in the fridge.
So, if you think about it, plants thrive on carbon dioxide so that puff of air is enough to keep your lettuce and herbs fresher longer. I’ve gotten another good week out of greens when I’ve tried this method! (And now I finally understand why the produce stand at my local indoor farmers’ market always stores their basil and arugula greens this way.)
Here’s the entire method:
1) After washing, pat your greens dry with a paper towel.
2) Make sure the plastic bag you are using is also dry (use paper towel OR simply turn bag inside out.)
3) Add greens to bag, blow in a puff of air and quickly seal the bag tight with a rubber band or twisty.
4) Your greens should stay fresh for an extra 7 -10 days.
Have you ever heard of this hack? Do you have any tricks on how you keep your greens from going soggy in the fridge? Please share below!