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How to Keep Your Greens Fresh for a Whole Week

Do you often end up with slimy salad greens after just a day or two? Here's how to keep greens fresh and tasty for a week.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Soak the greens briefly in enough cold water to cover them for five minutes. Drain and rinse them. This will hydrate and clean the leaves.
  • TIP: Check greens carefully before you buy. You'll get the best results if you start with fresh greens.
  • Step 2: Spin the greens as dry as possible in the salad spinner. Handle them gently to avoid bruising them.
  • Step 3: Lay the greens loosely on paper towels and let them air dry for 20 minutes.
  • Step 4: Lay a paper towel in the bottom of a large plastic bag or container. Add the greens. Place another paper towel on top. The towels absorb excess moisture that causes slimy greens.
  • TIP: Give the greens room to breathe. Use a large bag or container so you won't have to crowd the greens or pack them tightly.
  • Step 5: Cover the container. If you're using a bag, seal it loosely.
  • Step 6: Store the greens in the crisper in your refrigerator.
  • TIP: Adjust your refrigerator's controls. If it's too cold, your greens may freeze. If there's condensation, the humidity is too high.
  • Step 7: Your greens are ready to use in salads and sandwiches for a whole week!
  • FACT: Did you know? The ancient Greeks served lettuce at the end of meals, believing it would make diners sleepy.

You Will Need

  • A salad spinner
  • Paper towels
  • A plastic bag or containera plastic bag or container

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