The Secret to Storing Salad Greens

Packaged salad greens are so convenient. They're pre-washed, pre-cut, and such a time saver. 

But if you've ever forgotten about those greens in the fridge, you know they don't last very long. In a short time, you have a shriveled slimy mess.

So here's the trick to making those greens last much longer. 

First, if you purchased greens in a bag, find a sturdy container with a cover. Tupperware, Pyrex, it doesn't matter, but you want to get the greens out of the bag and into a container that will protect them. And you'll want to give the greens plenty of room to breathe.

Line your container with a piece of paper towel. If the paper goes up the sides, all the better. The paper towel will absorb the excess moisture that tends to build up and create a slimy mess. Now transfer you greens onto its new bed of paper towel. Cover with a second paper towel.

Depending on the amount of greens you have, you may want to layer in an additional towel, add more greens, then cover with paper towel before covering the container.

If you don't want to use paper towels, I've also used flour sack towels.

If you have purchased greens in a plastic clam shell container, even better. That rigid container should protect your greens just fine, but you're still going to want to line the plastic container with paper towels, and cover your greens before resealing the container.

Check your container every couple of days and replace the paper towels when they become damp. Using this method your salad greens should remain crisp for up to 10 days. I've even had some last over two weeks.

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