In a damp cloth with vinegar, leaf lettuce stays fresh and crisp longer
Over half of Germans eat salad several times a week. The green leaves are not only delicious, but also healthy. All too often, leaf lettuce is disposed of because it is no longer crunchy. Experts explain how to keep it fresh longer.
How lettuce stays fresh longer
Leaf lettuce is not only delicious, it is also very healthy. Among other things, the green leaves contain vitamin C, minerals such as iron and various healthy secondary plant substances. Salad is also low in calories. Some even call it “home superfood”: Salad is popular with German citizens. Almost 60 percent of Germans eat it three to five times a week. However, lettuce only tastes good when it is fresh and crunchy. The green leaves often end up in the garbage when they go limp. The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture's (BMEL) initiative “Too good for the bin!” Explains a trick on how lettuce stays fresh for longer.
In a damp cloth with vinegar or lemon juice
As the experts explain, the vegetables do not dry out as quickly if you wrap them in a damp cloth. In this way, leaf lettuce can be saved for a few days. This works even better if the damp cloth is additionally drizzled with a little vinegar or lemon juice. Another option is to put the sheets in plastic bags with small holes or plastic boxes in the fridge. If the lettuce leaves are already washed, they will not hold as well. In this case, it is best to put them wet in a plastic box. In this way, they usually stay in the fridge for a few more days.
How to avoid food waste
Like almost all vegetables, leafy salads should be packed in the vegetable compartment in the fridge. Wilted leaves should be removed beforehand. Storage next to vegetables and fruits that produce a lot of ripening gas should be avoided. These include apples, pears, apricots, bananas, avocados and tomatoes. According to the experts, salads react to the ripening gas ethylene with yellowing, brown rust spots and withered leaves. "Too good for the bin!" Shows how food waste can be reduced. According to the initiative, we throw away every eighth food we buy. That is around 82 kilograms of food waste per person per year. Around two thirds of these would be avoidable. (ad)