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How to Keep Lettuce Fresh

Gem lettuce is delicate but there are ways to maintain its freshness. Use within 7 to 10 days for optimum quality, color and flavor.


Little Gem lettuce

plastic bag or ventilated containers


  1. Store in the vegetable or crisper compartment of a refrigerator, either in a loose plastic bag or lettuce keeper.
  2. Ventilated containers will allow the lettuce to stay crisp for longer.
  3. Store unwashed until use. If you choose to wash your salad greens beforehand, invest in a salad spinner so you can be sure to get them truly dry before storing.
  4. Lettuce that is no longer fresh enough for salads may still work on the grill, in braised dishes, or as lettuce soup.