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Freezing lettuce?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Has anyone had any luck freezing lettuce? I find I always have some that goes bad before I can eat it.
post #2 of 14
Lettuce is mostly water so, no, it will not freeze.
post #3 of 14
Cali's right - it can't be done - when the water in it freezes and expands, it ruptures the cell walls and when it thaws you have green mush.
post #4 of 14
Yep, bad Ideal!

When I had the restaurant, I had 3 crates of lettuce, delivered to the restaurant. It came one day when I wasn't there, and one of the girls, put it in the freezer cooler, instead of the ref. cooler.

Had to throw away all 3 crates
post #5 of 14
Lettuce is the one and only vegetable that can't be preserved by any method. You can't freeze it. You can't can it. You can't dehydrate it (well, you can but you can't use it for anything afterwards.)

When frugality boards talk about 'the price of lettuce', we're talking about a very real commodity factor. Since lettuce can't be preserved, the price in the stores IS the going price for that commodity. It is a very real example of how the marketplace (not just the grocery store) works.
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks Ladies for your input!!! Guess I am just going to have to eat lots & lots of salad.
post #7 of 14
Lettuce will last a bit longer if you preserve it properly. Tupperware has an excellent container that will help keep your lettuce fresher longer and it DOES work. Don't use a knife to cut your lettuce, that will help it turn brown faster, always tear it. Sometimes storing it with a wet paper towel will help it stay fresher longer.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Missystuy View Post

Don't use a knife to cut your lettuce, that will help it turn brown faster, always tear it. Sometimes storing it with a wet paper towel will help it stay fresher longer.

Thanks for those tips! I always use a knife...well, no longer!
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the wonderful tips!!! I will try your suggestions!!
post #10 of 14
Lettuce will keep longer if it is kept dry. Don't wash it until you are ready to eat it. Add a paper towel to the container to absorb the condensation. (This applies to spinach too)
Also if you buy a head of lettuce, if you keep the core in it and peel leaves as you need them, it will last a lot longer than if you take the core out right away.
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