Enjoy fresh lettuce for longer - the best way to store lettuce
Lettuce is tastiest when it's crisp, chilled and fresh. But you don't always need a whole head of lettuce or a whole bag. Often you have lettuce leftover. You can easily place a slice of lettuce in your sandwich the next day. And put the rest in the fridge. But the lettuce doesn't keep long. So, we have a few tips to help you keep your lettuce fresh for longer. The shelf life differs per lettuce type, but with a few tricks you can keep heads of lettuce or chopped lettuce for longer.
In general, a head of lettuce keeps longer than chopped lettuce. The denser the head, the longer the lettuce stays fresh. That differs per type of lettuce. For example, the leaves of iceberg lettuce are quite densely compacted. So too are the leaves of romaine or cos lettuce. The leaves of leaf lettuces, such as oak leaf lettuce or curly lettuce, are wider apart causing them to lose moisture faster, which means they go bad rapidly. For this reason, you should use butterhead lettuce up quickly.
Lettuce is just a plant that has been harvested. If you treat the head of lettuce like you would a plant, you'll be able to keep it fresh for longer. And you don't cut a plant through the middle. By plucking the outer leaves, you'll do the least damage.
Keeping in mind that lettuce is a plant, then it stands to reason that lettuce is also available for sale with a root ball! Root ball lettuce is lettuce with a small, clean ball of roots attached. These are the roots it has grown on and they are harvested with the lettuce. The root ball is chock full of nutrients, so the lettuce stays fresher and crisper after harvesting. You can keep the root ball lettuce in the fridge, but it also looks great on the kitchen counter! And if it's in sight, don't forget to water it ;-)
Check here for tasty recipes to use up your leftover lettuce.