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MAYBER SparkPoints: (120,147)
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12/26/13 12:07 A

A salad spinner with a paper towel under the lettuce and over the lettuce will keep it crisp for two weeks or more
One day at a time

LADYSTARWIND SparkPoints: (83,102)
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11/15/13 8:53 P

For 2 or 3 days, you can store a prepared salad in a bowl in the refrig...and just put several layers of wet paper towels on top of the bowl, pressed down lightly on top of the greens.
I do wait to add tomatoes, avocado and dressing until serving day.

But the rest is fine---the evaporation of the water actually cools the salad very nicely, and keeps it crisp. (Keeping the greens too wet results in the decomposition sludge effect--LOL)

My mom did this for years while I was growing up---long before salad spinners, and ziplocks.....and lots cheaper than large plastic containers! :)

Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 11/15/2013 (20:56)
GENIE118 Posts: 732
11/15/13 7:22 P

I use a paper towel both in a zip lock bag and in the plastic containers of greens. It works for mushrooms too!

AGILEDOBE Posts: 428
11/15/13 6:39 P

I think tearing the lettuce promotes rotting as it exposes more of the innards to oxidation. The damp towel works for me

MARION-S Posts: 1,846
11/15/13 10:38 A

Today is test day ......I have my salad ingredients and I'm good to go emoticon

NIRERIN Posts: 14,233
11/15/13 8:49 A

i find that paper towels turn to pulp. so what i do is dry the washed lettuce on tea towels. then i take the wet tea towels and fold the lettuce into them and store in a container in the fridge. i make sure that every open area of the leaf or stem is touching the wet towel. and i keep the towels damp to wet. i've kept lettuce for about three weeks this way [forgot to finish it off, went on vacation, came back and it was still crisp]. i also buy heads not bags as they seem to last longer.
i would say that prepping each ingredient like this [in the best way for that ingredient], and then just grabbing a little container for each salad and mixing it all together when it's time to eat may be the best bet.

i do know people who mix up a big container in the fridge and just scoop out, but i think the key to that is having a big family so while you're adding one or two things everyday, you have four people scooping a bowl for lunch and dinner so it's really just going fast. every time i ask their secret and try it my big container just turns to sludge.

BAPSANN Posts: 1,448
11/15/13 8:27 A

I agree

DJHUMPHREY SparkPoints: (72,813)
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11/15/13 1:29 A

Lots of great information. Thank you

BAPSANN Posts: 1,448
11/14/13 3:04 P

I am going to try the paper towel also.

TJ1TJ1 SparkPoints: (2,510)
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11/14/13 2:51 P

I second the paper towel in a ziplock bag. I do it all the time. I rinse, pat the lettuce dry, place in the ziplock bag, with a dry paper towel, squeeze the air out and zip. It works for a few days. I try not to buy the pre packaged lettuce offerings, as Im really picky about the pieces and I end up throwing half of it away. It doesn't seem to stay as fresh as the "fresh' stuff doesn either.

BAPSANN Posts: 1,448
11/14/13 11:45 A

I will try the paper towel idea because i lose a lot of salad to rot when i do not eat it is time, too expensive any more for this kind of waste.

JENNA3 SparkPoints: (74,616)
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11/14/13 9:31 A

One more thing that works for me- Keep your salad in a large zipper bag with a paper towel. Just place the paper towel in the bag with the salad and it will suck up the excess moisture.

LCRUMLEY81 SparkPoints: (98,859)
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11/14/13 9:10 A

I need to get a salad spinner

MARION-S Posts: 1,846
11/14/13 6:10 A

Thank you all for your help!!

Since I don't have a salad spinner I will give the paper towels a try

If that does not work I will be going out shopping....... I will let you know how I make out

FYI a friend who use to work in her kids school cafeteria told me years ago that the school would clean and pull apart their iceberg lettuce and store it in cold water in the frig. It does last a long time ( but you can't store a ready made salad that way)

MARION-S Posts: 1,846
11/14/13 6:03 A

Thanks for the link Olga

ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
11/13/13 7:41 P

Somewhere I have a salad spinner! (Look in a thrift shop and you can usually find one CHEAP.)

But what I usually do is wash the greens, then wrap them in moist paper towels - wet them and then squeeze out the water. Just roll the greens up in the towels and stuff them in the fridge. Take them out as needed. You don't want to dry out the greens but when the towels dry, which takes some time, the greens stay crisp. This is because of the moisture + cold.

BARBARACZOR SparkPoints: (3,912)
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11/13/13 7:30 P

I love my salad spinner too! Its so great to have fresh salad cleaned and ready to go...when its not ready I have a tendency to say : "the heck with having a alad"..haha Its worth the effort to clean a big bowl all at once and have it ready to grab.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
11/13/13 2:53 P

I have found that the green bags help sometimes as well as long as the greens are dry. mainly I store everything in GLASS. i refuse to put any of my salad fixings in plastic or even tupperware.

i like the salad in a jar technique. i have used that often.
I also don't dress the salad until I am right about to eat it.
Also be aware that your salads don't HAVE TO HAVE greens all the time.
Generally it seems when people say salad, they think lettuce. When I hear salad i don't necessarily think greens.

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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11/13/13 2:07 P

$40 for a salad spinner? Essh! I got mine for $10 at Walmart. The important thing about greens is getting them dry and then keeping them that way.

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/13/13 1:13 P

Look at the salad-in-a-jar technique.

If you have seal-a-meal-type device with a jar lid attachment, that will keep the greens fresh even longer--as long as two weeks for lettuce.

I can't justify the space or expense of a salad spinner--$40!--but as long as you get everything as dry as possible, that is the key. You can just use a towel to do this. I sometimes put a folded paper towel in a bag of greens to help soak up liquids. That seems to make a difference.

MELJONES3478 SparkPoints: (15,754)
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11/13/13 12:53 P

I didn't realize that a salad spinner keeps salad fresher, longer. I may need to invest in one as well.

KCLARK89 SparkPoints: (44,122)
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11/13/13 9:58 A

I may have to invest in a salad spinner now because I would LOVE to just make and scoop a salad out instead of making it every time I want to take one to work.

RKING10 Posts: 152
11/13/13 9:24 A

Well first, I make sure to grab the newest set of salad from the bag. At the stores the oldest is at the front, so try and grab one from the back and you'll most likely notice a 3-4 day difference in the expiration.

When I get home, I divide the salad up and put it into rubbermaid bowls(bought them at the dollar store-$1 for 5) and it typically keeps for about a week and a half with no browning, soggyness, etc.

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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11/13/13 8:47 A

Definitely second the salad spinner! I've found it absolutely critical to keeping greens fresh. Also, I use cherry/grape tomatoes so I don't have to slice them and they stay fresh longer than sliced tomatoes.

Do you dress your salad ahead of time as well? That can also speed up the wilting process. What I do is cut up everything I need and store it in separate containers and then put portions in my lunch container the night before. Everything seems to last well enough.

OLGA18 SparkPoints: (21,792)
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11/13/13 7:42 A

I'm not a big gadget person but I have found the salad spinner to be a pretty awesome invention.:

I use a lot of tomatoes but I do not slice them ahead of time. I have found no good solution to keep them from getting mushy.

MARION-S Posts: 1,846
11/13/13 5:28 A

How can I keep my garden salads fresh the longest? I don't have time to make a salad a day and need to store made ahead for at least 3 days.

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