- 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