DIY Prewashed Lettuce

Save some serious money by making your own washed lettuce at home. Yes its cheaper and yes it lasts twice as long. It’s a DIY hack that we love and know you will love, too.

Why DIY Prewashed Lettuce?

I know buying the prewashed lettuce in the bags or clamshells is extremely convenient. I buy them sometimes, too! But did you know its cheaper and your lettuce will last SO MUCH LONGER if you make it yourself? It’s true, and we are going to show you how.

Here’s how to do it:

Cut the Lettuce

The first thing you’re going to want to do is prep your head of lettuce and chop it up into bite-size pieces. Remove any brown or rotten lettuce pieces around the edges. Then using a sharp knife, cut into pieces. We will typically do this with romaine lettuce (it holds up well and stays fresh). Butter lettuce has more of a tender leaf and we would recommend tearing with your hands.

Wash the Lettuce

Using very cold water and a salad spinner, we’re going to wash our lettuce twice to ensure it is absolutely clean. This is our favorite salad spinner. I swear, we are OXO girls through and through.

Dry the Lettuce

You’d think coming out of a salad spinner, the lettuce would be dry and for the most part it is quite dry. But, moisture is the enemy when it comes to long term storage. So, spread that lettuce onto some clean kitchen towels and dry as thoroughly as you can.

Two Ways to Store

I’ve used the bag method and Claudia has used the bowl method. Both work perfectly well!

Bag Method

Using a gallon size ziploc bag, line the edges with paper towels, then fill with your clean, dry lettuce. Add another paper towel overtop and seal. Store in your fridge for up to 10 days.

Bowl Method

If you don’t use plastic products or prefer glass, this is the method for you. Take your clean, dry lettuce and add it to a large, glass bowl. Top with paper towels, then cover with a plate or plastic wrap. Store in the fridge for up to 10 days. While this takes up quite a bit of room in the fridge, the glass helps keep the lettuce crisp and fresh.

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  1. Thank you for this, I do like regular lettuce versus the bag salad which has a strange taste to me. Ordered the salad spinner. I’ve been washing and drying best I can without the spinner, but will see if that helps. I also use a large plastic knife to prevent any browning of the edges of lettuce after a couple of days.

    1. You are so welcome! The spinner will make a huge difference. It’s amazing how much water it can get out of it. Plus, we use ours to wash our fruits after we’ve bought them from the store. A large plastic knife is great for browning too!

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