This may be one of the best secrets of the kitchen. You maybe noticed in my post about feeding our family (click to link) that we use a large amount of lettuce greens in our diet. It would be impossible everytime I needed a head of lettuce to run to the store. Well, let’s face it. I’m not running anywhere; I’m sending David or loading a few toddlers to drive there.
But in all my years of mastering killing lettuce that’s lost in the fridge, thinking it can last longer than it really can, I found a way to raise the dead — well, dead lettuce that is! This tip works very well with your leaf lettuces like romaine, butterhead, red and green leaf lettuce, and chard greens.
First, you discover you forgot your lettuce in the back of the fridge. Or if your like me, you knew you didn’t want to make more trips to the store, knew this trick worked, and bought a lot of lettuce to last a couple of weeks.
No need to pull off any dead leaves, or wash. Cut the base off, like you were preparing it to use.
Place lettuce leaves in a large bowl filled with about 1 – 1.5 inches of water.
Allow to sit 8-10 hours or longer if you forget about it. I like to pull mine out the night before I need it, toss it in the bowl, and by dinner time the next day it’s ready to go. And there you have it, refreshed beautiful lettuce.
Wash cut and prepare.