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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Living In: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Evening Buzzers. I bought a bagged salad yesterday and it is already showing signs of wilting after opening it last night. This isn't the first time that this has happened. Should I just give up on the "convenience" of these types of salads or is there something I can do to make it stay fresh longer. I have had some success with transferring it to a different bag but not every time. Also, I heard that my salad spinner will help but don't see how. Any suggestions?

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Last updated: Mar. 3, 2013 12:58 pm
Posted: Mar. 2, 2013 7:21 pm
Answered by: PatMac
Mar. 2, 2013 7:45 pm
I find the best way to keep lettuce is to put it in a gallon ziploc bag with a dry paper towel in it. Hope this helps!
Mar. 2, 2013 7:47 pm
I agree with PatMac. This also works:
Mar. 2, 2013 8:14 pm
hi patticakes43,i spin mine in my lettuce spinner,then wrap in paper towel,keeps for about a week.
Mar. 2, 2013 8:30 pm
Personally, with all the recalls on bagged salads and ecoli issues, I must admit I am reluctant to buy, and they always look so sad up here, like they are going bad before you even buy them!
Mar. 2, 2013 8:38 pm
Thnx everyone! Oh wow, BD. Wonder if that really works? Thanks so much for the link. In case it matters, and sorry for not saying so before, I'm talking about the bagged salad that comes with the lettuce, shredded and red cabbage in it. I've rung it through the spinner before and ended up with soggy lettuce and bits of lettuce, carrots and cabbage on the other side of the spinner.
Mar. 2, 2013 8:41 pm
That's "shredded carrots". Like I said, changing the bag didn't always work for me, I will try sticking a paper towel in it. Funny how a simple paper is usually the answer. Thnx again to all!
Mar. 2, 2013 10:22 pm
That's the thing, Lobster. I am a stickler about checking how they look and the date on the bags. But one doesn't always beget the other, does it?
Mar. 3, 2013 12:41 am
When the bagged salads first came out in the 70's, the odor and taste of the greens was deplorable! That was due to the preserving chemicals. But, the salad kept a while! I prefer fresh greens any day! I only wash the lettuce I will use for a meal each time I use greens.
Mar. 3, 2013 7:22 am
I'm with Lobster...all the recalls have sufficiently scared me so that I no longer buy those bagged greens. The convenience is not worth the risk. Buy a head of romaine, or iceburg and the other stuff and make your own. Probably cheaper too!
Mar. 3, 2013 8:26 am
If you are worried about the recalls then wash the bagged lettuce. In most cases a food born illness from lettuce is on the out side of the lettuce not the inside.
Mar. 3, 2013 9:17 am
I hear you Sueb and Grammom. I have tried buying fresh and always end up wasting lettuce too much of it because I only use it for salads. May have to give it another shot though and work more lettuce wraps into my diet. :)
Answered by: Robin Gloss
Mar. 3, 2013 7:31 am
I just keep mine wrapped in a paper towel so it's dry and it keeps a lot better. Also if you get romaine heads you can just cut or tear them up and you have a great salad
Mar. 3, 2013 9:18 am
That's what I usually buy when I go fresh. Not a Iceberg fan.
Answered by: rebekah
Mar. 3, 2013 8:22 am
You have to let it dry, I buy bags each week and add to it, I like lots of veggies in my salad and I put it in the salad spinner with the iceberg lettuce I cut up and dry all of it together and it lasts a few days.
Mar. 3, 2013 9:24 am
Maybe I'll give the drying out thing a try, Rebekah. I like the bagged because it does half the job for me. Then all I have to do is cut up a few grape tomatoes, some cucumber and green pepper and I'm all set.
Mar. 3, 2013 12:58 pm
Bagged cut up lettuce is generally treated with a chemical to lengthen its shelf life. Once you open the bag the clocks starts ticking. Cut lettuce if not treated, tends to deteriorate rather quickly. Washing lettuce whether bagged or cut up will only remove surface contaminents.
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