Greens! You know I always talk about greens 😉. And the importance of consuming leafy greens.
So do buy a lot of them when you go to the market or grocery store and use generously in drinks, veggie dishes, salads etc.
I find it really important to keep all the leafy greens fresh and crisp until we want to use them. Wilted and maybe even slimy and smelly greens don’t make us happy, right? It is a waste of food, money, nourishment, time etc.
So here are some of my tips to keep the precious greens crisp, bright and full of vitality. Check the related pictures, (the quality is pretty bad, sorry 😉, but I decided to use them anyway just to give you an idea at least).
Head of Lettuce/Celery
Cut off a thin slice from the end of a head of lettuce or celery. Wrap the lettuce base with a wet paper towel. Place the lettuce on a dry paper towel sheet and store it in the plastic bag it came in. Or place in the crisper drawer in the fridge away from apples etc.
If you didn’t finish your veggie and the end becomes brown, then just cut off another thin slice and store the same way. But use it before long.
Bags with salad mixes
Once you have used some of the leaves from a bag containing pre-rinsed salad, cover the remainder with a dry paper towel and fold the bag over.
Use the greens rather quickly, within a day or two. They wilt easily, but the paper towel helps to collect extra moisture.
Herbs in a bunch
Rinse them well.
Cut off the roots and the lower stems.
Place them in a glass with some cold water and let stand for a couple of hours for the leaves to dry. Shake them gently occasionally to help drying.
After a couple of hours, cover the entire bunch with a plastic bag, loosely tie around the glass and place in fridge.
Change water every 2-3 days.
The greens will keep for 1 week or so.
When I take out my glass with parsley, already rinsed, it almost feels like harvesting from a garden!
Note that the cilantro herb is very delicate and does not store very well. So, plan to buy and use it right away to ensure the best quality and freshness.
Maybe you have a great tip to share on how to store greens?