How To Store Lettuce Longer

Keep Lettuce Crisp Longer!

Never Buy Bag Lettuce Again!!


There are so many tips that I want to share with you and with summer coming a lot of people tend to eat more lettuce. And a lot of people often wonder How do I store lettuce so it lasts longer?

How often do you eat green salads at home? How many times did you buy lettuce with the intention of making salads, only to forget about it, and then find a wilted slimy mess in your veggie bin a week later? You have tried to solve that problem by buying the expensive pre-washed bag lettuce but your disappointed with the quality and taste of the lettuce. Not to mention that pre-washed bag lettuce has that funky smell… What is that??

Here’s a few tools you will need:

  • Plastic lettuce knife
  • Salad spinner
  • Lemon juice
  • Gallon size Ziploc bags
  • Paper towel

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Here’s how:

  • Cut your lettuce to your liking
  • Place lettuce in spinner and fill with real cold water DO NOT PUT ICE IN
  • Add 2-3 Tablespoons of lemon juice (this helps with keeping the edges for turning brown & cleans the lettuce)
  • Let the lettuce soak for 20-30 minutes (this will help revive a wilted lettuce also)
  • Drain and spin lettuce dry. You may have to empty the water out of the spinner bowl and spin again.
  • Place about 4 pieces of folded paper towel in the bottom of the gallon size bag
  • Fill bag with your freshly washed & dried lettuce
  • Seal most of the bag and with just a little opening left in the bag press down on the bag forcing as much air out of the bag as you can
  • Air and moisture is what causes the lettuce to turn bad quickly
  • Seal the rest of the bag closed

There you have it… One of Mama’s best kept secrets of how to store lettuce longer! Not to mention this will be a nice crispy lettuce!! Enjoy :)

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  1. I’ve been buying the lunch bowl salads and am tired of the brown lettuce…can’t wait to give this one a whirl!
    Brittany recently posted…From the Corner of the Service Center LobbyMy Profile

  2. My lettuce is always going bad before I use it all. Thanks for the tip!
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  3. Good tip, I’ll definitely give this a go. Thanks
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  4. This such a great idea. I am going to do that starting today. I need to get the spinner, don’t have one. I could see it turning into something fun that one of my kiddo’s would enjoy helping to do. :)
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    • Yes the kids would enjoy spinning the salad… I know I do lol
      Thanks for stopping by. Feel feel to link up to my T.G.I.F. Linky party. Have a great weekend

  5. Definitely doing this! Thanks so much for sharing it at the Friday Frenzy – hope to see you again this Friday!
    danielle recently posted…Mexican Beef + Corn CasseroleMy Profile

  6. This is smart! I just started a new series called Eating Inside the Box it would be awesome if you would share this with us! Please linkup any other recipes to any fruit/veggie category you’d like!
    Enjoy the Harvest!
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  7. I’ve always wondered what the secret was! Thanks for sharing on the And Sew We Craft linky party.
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  8. So happy to feature you today at Think Tank Thursday! Thanks for joining in and linking up this great tip!
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  9. great tip! Can you use anything besides lemon? Thank you for sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. Your participation helps to make it extra special ♥
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  10. Oo I definitely needed this. We planted a bunch of lettuce this year, and I’m worried it will start to go bad before we can eat it all. Thank you so much for sharing on Foodie Friday!
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  11. Thanks for sharing this great tip. I might go through mine faster than most, I eat a salad 2x a day. However, I have had it happen before. I will try this. Thanks again! Pinned it!
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  12. What a great way to store lettuce! Sometimes if I’m lazy, I’ll just spin it, empty the water, and then leave it in the spinner. Lasts a lot longer. :)
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  13. This is such a timely post at my house! I have a big tub of lettuce growing on the deck and it’s coming on faster than we can eat it. Now I know how to keep it fresh for longer. We’re featuring you on Front Porch Friday #11 and hope you’ll stop by and post again.
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  14. Great tips!
    Jennifer Johnson recently posted…Weekly Meal Plan #18My Profile

  15. Thanks for linking at Oh My Heartsie Girl this weekend.
    I like this method for lettuce, had not thought about the lemon, good idea, thanks for sharing
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  16. Haven’t tried the lemon trick before. Will definitely be doing this. Would love if you shared this tip on Merry Monday Linky Party. It starts at 9pm PST tongiht and runs till Thurs.
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  17. Thanks so much for sharing! I really need to do this! I had almost a whole head go bad recently. :(
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  18. Kristie says:

    I soak mine in a little apple cider vinegar and water because I read that it kills parasites. Lemon juice probably works too. The paper towel part is a great idea!

  19. Just pinned it-thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


  20. Congratulations! This post is going to be featured over at Diana Rambles tomorrow and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest & Tweeted. Please grab a featured button off my sidebar or via the link under the features. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!
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  21. Great tips! I love this information so much I featured it on Fit Foodie Runs today! hope you come back and join the linky party!
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  22. I’ll give this a try! Seems lettuce has a mind of its own. Thanks for the tip

  23. Great tips! Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!
    Blessings, Deborah
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  24. Cooool!!! We’ll have a lot of lettuce from our garden. I can’t wait to try this out.
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  25. So grateful you shared this tip, I always have problem keeping my salad fresh for longer, and I hate to waste food. Definitely going to try this!
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  26. Ohhh I’ll have to try this! I usually have to scramble to eat all of the lettuce before it goes bad or turns red.
    Stopped by from the link party at Truly Lovely.
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  27. Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again next week!
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  28. I personally really needed this tip, thanks for sharing! I would love for you share it on my Tasty Tuesday recipe link up here! Everything gets pinned and I would love to have you!

  29. You have officially helped me to realize that it is now time to buy a salad spinner!

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    • Melissa, It is worth investing in a salad spinner. Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to linkup to my Friday T.G.I.F. linky party :)

  30. I’m going to try this. Thank you!

  31. That’s a great idea! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great weekend!!
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  32. Love the tip. Will definitely try! Thanks!
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    • Lucy, I hope you find it as useful as I do. Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to linkup to my Friday T.G.I.F. linky party :)

  33. Great tip! Thanks for sharing at the Bacon Time Anything Goes weekly linky. Hope to see you again soon.

  34. I love this tip, I cant count how many bags of lettuce I’ve thrown away, because they wilted and turned brown after only a couple of days. Thank you for sharing with us on the Friday Frenzy link up!


  35. What is that funky smell with pre-washed bagged lettuce? I think it smells like pencil shavings!

    Thanks for the tip on doing it yourself


    • Lol, Maybe?! Glad you like it :) Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to linkup to my Friday T.G.I.F. linky party :) Have a great day!

  36. Great tips. It seems produce never seems to last as long as you need it.
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  37. Lemon juice? Awesome tip!

    I would love to see your Tips to Store Lettuce Longer linked up to my party – Show-Licious Crafts & Recipe Party! Hop over to join us!

    ~ Ashley
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  38. How clever! Thank you for sharing this tip. It seems like my lettuce wilts before I can blink an eye so I always by the prewashed, bagged stuff (which IS expensive)! This reduces waste and saves money. Pinned and loved!
    Stopping by from the Say G’Day Saturday Party.
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    • Jennifer, you’ll never want to buy bag lettuce again! Thanks for pinning :) Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to linkup to my Friday T.G.I.F. linky party

  39. That is a great tip—I have never tried. Thanks for sharing. found at cheerios and latte. Have a great weekend.
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  40. Wow! That is so smart! I am TOTALLY doing this.
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  41. Thanks for sharing this. i actually had this problem with lettuce and all leafy vegetables! i will surely try this is a great tip! thanks for sharing on the live laugh link up!
    Marwa Farouq recently posted…Do you ask your children for feedback?My Profile

  42. Thanks for the tip about the lemon juice! That’s what I’ve been missing all along. I’ll have to try it on next week’s batch of romaine.
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  43. Great tips! I just purchased a lettuce knife a couple of months ago and can really tell the difference. What I haven’t tired is the lemon juice in the water…. Now there’s an idea! I will put it to the test tomorrow as I just bought some lettuce today (and I haven’t gotten around to prepping it yet). These tips would be terrific on my blog hop. Would you please come join the party? Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop
    Thanks much!! :)
    “hugs” Crystelle Crystelle Boutique
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    • Crystelle, I only cut my lettuce with my lettuce knife. The lemon juice makes a HUGE difference!

      Thanks for the invite :) Feel free to linkup to my Friday T.G.I.F. linky party :)

  44. What a great tip! Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.
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    • Thanks Cindy, glad you liked it :) Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to linkup to my Friday T.G.I.F. linky party :)

  45. I have done this but not with the addition of the lemon juice. I am totally trying it tonight. Thanks for sharing!

    Visiting from Tuesday Talent Show

    • It really makes a HUGE difference. Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to linkup to my Friday T.G.I.F. linky party :)


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