Is Your Lettuce Lifeless?

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Crispy green lettuce is the most sought after leafy vegetable, for both salads and sandwiches. Lettuce is rich in vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin K, Vitamin A and iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Best yet, it is helpful to maintain a healthy metabolism.. Lettuce is high in dietary fiber, which aids digestion and helps those suffering from constipation. Some say that the juice of lettuce mixed with rose oil and applied to the forehead can help ease a painful headache.

In my house, we use a lot of lettuce and keeping it crisp is crucial. No one wants unappetizing, limp and wrinkled lettuce in your refrigerator when you bought it only two days before. Storage is key.

Here are our best GKC tips on how to buy and store lettuce:

1. In the store, choose the leaves that look crispy and bright in color. Avoid wilted leaves that are shriveled at the edges. Looking for bright color and perky edges should help you differentiate between quality lettuce and those that arrived several days before.

2. The main storage problem is usually too much moisture. This dampness condenses on the leaves and suffocates them. The key is to store the lettuce wrapped in damp paper towels and sealed in a Ziploc bag. This will absorb the extra water without dehydrating the leaves. Store this lettuce in your crisper drawer, if you have one, otherwise store it with other vegetables.

3. Do not pile lots of other vegetables on top of the lettuce. It will bruise and become wilted.

4. Store leftover salad with a damp paper towel on top of the salad. Do not cover it with plastic wrap. This will stay surprisingly well for a day or two without become brown or wilted.

Try these great salads with your crispy lettuce
Basic Vinaigrette Salad
Spring Salad with Portobello Mushrooms
Red Leaf Salad with Pomegranate Seeds and Pecans

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  1. Limp lettuce can become crisp again easily. I soak my lettuce in a salt water solution in lukewarm water for halachic purposes, I have noticed that if the lettuce is a bit limp it perks up after the salt water bath. I have experimented with really limp lettuce with the same results. Take apart the leaves, rinsing on both sides. I tear it into salad size pieces but I suppose it will work if you leave the leaves whole. Put a small handful of salt in the bottom of a large bowl and fill with lukewarm water. Submerge the lettuce in the water–put something on top so it doesn’t stick out. Leave in the salt water for 10 minutes and rinse. At this point I put it in a spinner, and after the spinner I spread it out on a clean towel and roll up the towel. The lettuce can be stored in the towel in the frig, or taken out and put in ziplock bags with the air sqooshed out. Keeps 4-5 days.

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