Storing lettuce and other vegetables in a jar in the refrigerator helps to keep them fresh and will extend their shelf life. I was so happy to hear this tip from a friend because I am inevitably leaving iceberg lettuce in the bottom drawer of my refrigerator and forgetting all about it.
I was cleaning out my refrigerator earlier this week (with vinegar!) and decided I would try out storing lettuce in jars myself. I have a ton of jars around my house because I love to can and sometimes use them for desserts like the awesome fruit pudding dessert I‘m planning to make this weekend. In a good ole Southern way, we also use our Mason jars as glasses.
So… I tested out the process of storing lettuce in jars because I had to know it worked before I shared it with my readers. And guess what… it truly does work. And it is easy to do.
- Tear any bad parts off of the head of lettuce (or other veggies), and thoroughly wash.
- Tear/shred. I always heard that lettuce doesn’t last as long if it’s been cut, so I always tear it up with my hands.
- Toss the lettuce in a salad spinner if you have one, because you want that lettuce to be really dry. If you‘re like me and you don’t have a salad spinner, I recommend toweling off the lettuce as much as you can with paper towels, or invest in some good flour sack dish towels that you can use for kitchen tasks and cleaning. They are super absorbent: Aunt Martha’s 33-Inch by 38-Inch Flour Sack Dish Towels, Premium 130 Thread Count, White, Set of 7
- Once lettuce is pretty dry, stuff into jars and then cover with lids. If you have more than one, line them up so you can see what you have on hand. Like salads? Consider making a week’s worth of individual salads and storing them in jars to keep fresh, or chop up all of the ingredients and store each type in a different jar and pull out what you want, when you want it.
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