Wasting food is one of the most frustrating things when you’re trying to stay on a budget. While there are all sorts of foods we like to eat fresh, lettuce is one that goes bad quickly if you don’t know how to store it properly.
Find out how we keep our lettuce fresh for up to 5 weeks!
Trying to eat well is hard enough, trying to eat well on a budget can seem nearly impossible at times! But, with a few tricks and a little focus, you can eat great food on a tiny budget!
One of the ways we do that is to make sure that none of our food is going to waste either by going bad before we get to it, or by having a fridge so full that we forget about something.
Of course, we keep our menu plans tight and stick to them rigidly. But in addition to that, we also make sure that we are storing our foods properly.
How to Store Lettuce
I’m sure you’ve heard all the tricks for keeping lettuce from going bad too quickly… so have I! But no matter what I tried nothing seemed to keep it fresh for more than about 2 weeks.
Now, most people may use up their lettuce within a week, and we do too if salads are on the menu. But if sandwiches are on the menu for a few weeks, then I might have some left over that I want to keep fresh for a few weeks until I need it again!
So after years of trying everything I finally discovered the Queen Mother of all lettuce tips! And BOY do I wish I could take credit for this. I really really do! But I stumbled upon this trick because I got a little lazy one day.
A few months back I bought a head of romaine lettuce for sandwiches that we would eat that week. With three people eating sandwiches we don’t usually get through an entire head before it goes bad, which is very frustrating to my frugal living mindset.
Anyway, I bought this lettuce, cut the end off and shoved it unwashed into a Ziploc back and put it in the bottom drawer of my fridge. That’s the lazy bit there; I usually wash it before putting it in the bag to make prep easier as the week goes on.
We had our sandwiches that week and I honestly forgot about the remaining lettuce.
Don’t judge me here…
But it was WEEKS later that I remembered it and went to throw it out before it liquefied all over my drawers.
Much to my surprise I opened the drawer to find the lettuce completely in tact! We used the rest over the course of the next week and it never did go bad! So 5 full weeks after I put it in the bag it was still perfect!
I really thought it was a fluke, so I tried it several more times and it worked every time!
Ok, here’s the secret to keeping lettuce fresh for over a month (which you may have already figured out)…
DON’T WASH THE LETTUCE.
That’s it. Cut the end off, put it in a bag and wash each leaf right before you need it.
No more wasted money on putrefied lettuce!
So if you don’t use much lettuce each week, or maybe you just found a great deal and want to stock up… this tip is killer when it comes to keeping your lettuce fresh.