Express tests two lettuce storage hacks over 21 days
There’s nothing better than biting into a salad or a sandwich with fresh lettuce. Whether it’s Romaine lettuce, Iceberg lettuce or bags of lettuce, the leafy greens should last long enough for people to enjoy for multiple meals.
However, greens can quickly decay, and go limp or soggy if left at the bottom of the fridge.
With this in mind, fans of cleaning and home influencer Mrs Hinch, whose full name is Sophie Hinchliffe, have shared their food storage hacks for longer-lasting lettuce.
The lifestyle influencer has more than 4.7 million followers on Instagram and often shares her own food, cleaning and home hacks on the social media platform.
Fans of hers have taken to social media in recent years to share their own methods for solving common household problems like storing food.
On one such group, Facebook user Suzanne Haslam asked: “I know this isn’t a cleaning tip but does anyone have any tips to keep bags of lettuce (namely Iceberg) fresher for longer in the fridge? [I’m] fed up of it turning brown so soon.”
The post was inundated with advice but the most suggested food storage hack was to use kitchen towel.
Joanne Thurlby said: “Wrap in kitchen paper.” Gail Evans agreed and posted: “Put a paper towel in the bag, game changer.”
Trisha Corr replied: “Wrap it up in kitchen roll and put it in the freezer bag and keep it in a salad drawer at the bottom of the fridge. It lasts ages.”
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Nora Cleary commented: “Dampen a few sheets of kitchen roll and place it in the bag with it.”
Anne Jones suggested: “I take mine out of any plastic wrapping and wrap it in kitchen roll. It’s the damp that makes them go off.”
Sheila Duffy said: “Put the food in a zip bag. Place a piece of kitchen roll just inside the bag. It lasts for ages.”
Josephine O Sullivan posted: “Remove it from the plastic bag and if it’s moist, dry it.
“Then, wrap it in kitchen roll, or wrap it in a dry, clean tea towel and place it in the fridge.”
Kitchen roll can be found in most homes but those who don’t have any can buy it from most local supermarkets.
Wilko Kitchen Towel 1 Roll 2 Ply costs £2. Nicky Super Shine Large Sheets Multi-Purpose Kitchen Towel costs £1 for one roll.
A packet of six kitchen rolls from Essential Waitrose cost £6. Springforce Jumbo Kitchen Towel 240 Sheets cost £1.35 from Tesco.
Other suggestions from Mrs Hinch fans included using kitchen foil, a salad spinner, cling film, not using a knife to cut lettuce, zip lock bags and cold water with coal.
Bex Howell said: “Buy a head of lettuce and wrap it in foil, it keeps for weeks.”
Emma Soule replied: “Store it in a salad spinner when it’s cut and washed.”
Barbara Macrae wrote: “I wrap mine in cling film. It keeps for two weeks.”
Susan Gorman commented: “Tear off leaves rather than cut it with a knife.”
Julie Stansfield said: “Don’t use a metal knife. This is what turns it brown.”
Sandra Quail suggested: “I put mine in a zip lock bag. Keep it in a salad drawer. It lasts for ages.”
Pat McAtominey wrote: “My mam always kept her lettuce in a bucket of cold water with a clean lump of coal. It kept it really crispy.”
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