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Post  Emily49 7/22/2020, 11:37 pm

How do you get your lettuce to stay crisp?  Mine seems to start wilting within hours.  It doesn't wilt at the store.
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Post  Yardslave 7/24/2020, 4:40 pm

Moisten 2 paper towels and squeeze excess water out. Pick a suitably sized container and lay one sheet down on the bottom,  place rinsed, drained lettuce leaves, or the whole head on top of that sheet, top the lettuce with a moist paper towel and seal it up. Airtight containers, or plastic wrap on top will seal out dry refrigerator air. Remember that soaking wet veggies don't last long, that's why supermarkets soak 'em down. Ever notice the sprayers going off all the time on supermarket veggies? Wetting them down causes bacterial and fungal growth to hasten. Sealing wet veggies in an airtight plastic bag and leaving them inside will hasten the spoiling process too, and all that quicker spoilage insures that you will be back shopping for fresh veggies sooner. It's a gimmick to get you back for more.


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Post  OhioGardener 7/24/2020, 4:51 pm

@Yardslave wrote:that's why supermarkets soak 'em down  while waiting for a shopper to come by- wetting them down hastens bacterial an fungal growth. Sealing wet veggies in an airtight plastic bag will hasten the spoiling, and increases the turn around time for shopping for fresh veggies again. It's a gimmick to get you back sooner.

I thought they did that to make the vegetables weigh more, and they can charge more for them.

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Post  OhioGardener 7/24/2020, 4:55 pm

@Emily49 wrote:How do you get your lettuce to stay crisp?  Mine seems to start wilting within hours. 

I pick the lettuce, spinach, etc., early in the morning while they are still fresh from the cool, damp night air. Then they are cleaned and put in a ziplock bag with a damp (not wet) paper towel, and then put them in the fridge. They keep for a long time that way without wilting.  Kale, however, is put in bags in the fridge before washing - it lasts much longer that way.

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Post  dalepres 7/25/2020, 3:49 pm

@OhioGardener wrote:
@Yardslave wrote:that's why supermarkets soak 'em down  while waiting for a shopper to come by- wetting them down hastens bacterial an fungal growth. Sealing wet veggies in an airtight plastic bag will hasten the spoiling, and increases the turn around time for shopping for fresh veggies again. It's a gimmick to get you back sooner.

I thought they did that to make the vegetables weigh more, and they can charge more for them.
My wife bought some peaches a few years ago.  She tied the produce bag full of air to provide some protection for the peaches while she shopped.  Before she ever got the bag into her cart, a very-well-meaning little-old-lady hurried over and without asking or saying anything first, took the bag from my wife's hand and poked a hole in it with her keys... 

She explained to my wife that she did it to save us money; the stores charge you for that extra air.... Very Happy

No; I don't believe the stores wet the vegetables to charge you more or to hurry spoiling.  They do it to protect their own investment in the vegetables.  They want them to stay fresh on the shelves until purchased.  They wouldn't intentionally do something to speed the spoiling of their own property.
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