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Old 08-13-2014, 10:20 AM   #1
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Question Best way to store salad greens

I live alone and often find that salad greens and vegetables go bad before I can use them all. I've started using Ziploc Produce Bags, and that seems to help. I own a Foodsaver, and I've seen on some vacuum sealing sites that they recommend using vacuum-sealed containers or mason jars to store lettuce and other greens. I'm wondering which is better - a bag that allows 'breathing,' like the Ziplocs, or something airtight and vacuum sealed?

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Old 08-13-2014, 11:14 AM   #2
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I use a regular ziplock bag with a moist paper towel in it. This seems to work best for me.
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Old 08-13-2014, 11:29 AM   #3
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Hi, and welcome to Discuss Cooking

There's a lot of water in salad greens, which would condense on the inside of a vacuum-sealed bag and promote rotting. It's also time-consuming and a PITA to re-seal it every time you make a salad or grab a leaf for a sandwich.

I use a regular ziplock bag and don't close it tight, so moisture can escape.
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Welcome, Whitepan.

I put a dry paper towel in with my greens, and replace it when it gets damp.
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Old 08-13-2014, 05:38 PM   #5
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I take them out of that thin "saran wrap" type plastic bag they have in the produce isle and put into the heavier bag they put your groceries in. The heavier bags don't stick to the produce which seems to rot it quickly. If its wet or delicate like cilantro I wrap it in paper towels before putting in the bag.
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Old 08-13-2014, 10:57 PM   #6
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I buy 'Spring greens' at Trader Joe's and here's what I learned (can't remember where) once you slit the bag open, take out some greens and go to close the bag (I use an alligator clip) exhale into the greens, the carbon dioxide is suppose to help keep the greens fresh longer... suppose to... it has worked for so far for me anyways...
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Old 08-14-2014, 01:27 PM   #7
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I buy 'Spring greens' at Trader Joe's and here's what I learned (can't remember where) once you slit the bag open, take out some greens and go to close the bag (I use an alligator clip) exhale into the greens, the carbon dioxide is suppose to help keep the greens fresh longer... suppose to... it has worked for so far for me anyways...
So you breathe onto food you are going to serve to others?

Like others, I wrap greens loosely in a paper towel in store in a partially open Ziploc bag. It seems to work well.
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So you breathe onto food you are going to serve to others?
... well, I am the only one who eats the salad greens in our house, sooo it's just me ... (we don't have to many visitors here in the middle of the desert)
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Old 08-14-2014, 02:53 PM   #9
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I store my salad greens in my salad spinner
Greens from the garden will last two weeks
in it. Just make sure the lettuce and the spinner
are dry.

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I store my salad greens in my salad spinner
Greens from the garden will last two weeks
in it. Just make sure the lettuce and the spinner
are dry.

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What a great idea, Josie! Thanks!
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