To keep your leafies fresh, you need to find the right balance between moisture and airflow.
Keeping your leafy greens fresh might be a little tricky. The shelf-life of greens mostly depends on two factors: moisture and airflow. If your greens have too much moisture and too little airflow, this will encourage bacteria growth. However, if your greens have too little moisture and too much airflow, they can become wilted very quickly. To keep your leafies fresh, you need to find the right balance between moisture and airflow.
However, with a little bit of planning and the right tools at your disposal, you can extend the shelf life of your salad greens and rid yourself of that food waste guilt (and lost money).
One proven method is using paper towels and plastic bags. After washing and drying the leaves (cutting big leaves like romaine down is up to you at this point), the lettuce is laid out on paper towels, then rolled up and placed in a plastic bag.
This method requires you to press out as much air as possible and seal the top.
Let's go over it step by step:
1- Wash your greens
Place leafy greens in a bowl and fill with cold water. Immerse the greens in the water.
2- Pull the greens out
Slowly lift the greens out of the bowl and place them on a double layer of paper towel. As you lift the greens, the dirt will sink to the bottom of the bowl. Continue doing this until all greens are out of the bowl.
3- Dry them
To dry the greens, slowly roll the paper towel from one end to the other, as though you’re rolling sushi.
Place greens wrapped in a paper towel in a plastic bag and store in the refrigerator.
Each time you hit the fridge for a dose of greens, make a habit of checking to make sure the paper towels are still damp and that any iffy looking greens are disposed of.
Following the 4 steps mentioned above, you can enjoy fresh greens for 7 days and maybe more!