How to Store Leafy Greens in the Fridge

how to store leafy greens in the fridge thesproutingseed.comDo you have to toss your leafy greens because they are wilted, discolored and soggy?

Produce Tip of the Day: How to Store Leafy Greens!

Don’t leave leafy greens out on the counter and don’t leave them on a shelf in the fridge (I do that a lot, oops)!

Instead, wash them with natural veggie wash, dry them with a salad spinner (make sure they are very dry!), and then place them in the fridge crisper drawer. Line the drawer first with a clean, dry dishtowel, place the leafy greens on the towel, then cover the greens with another clean, dry dishtowel.

Easy as pie, right?

It’s awesome because those leafy greens are ready to go and will last days longer! Here’s to lots of impromtu salads!

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  1. I love that this technique avoids using plastic. I’m always a little suspect of plastic and try to avoid it being in contact with my food. I’ll have to give this method a try. Thanks!

    • Allison Jordan says:

      Thanks! A friend taught me the trick and I have been really pleased with it. I don’t like using those plastic bags either…I’ve been slowly trying to find ways to store food without it. If you have any more plastic-free tips, I’d love to hear them!

  2. I wash and dry mine then place inside clean pillow case then wrap in plastic bag. My greens stay fresh for up to 2 seeks (unless I eat them all beforehand). I only go to organic market once every 2 weeks so I’m happy to see them stay so fresh

    • Allison Jordan says:

      Wow! That is great! Thanks for sharing the idea!

    • When I have leftover salad I put it in a bowl and cover it with a couple of wet paper towels then cover with plastic wrap. It keeps the salad fresh for 2 more days! This is more successful if tomatoes are not added to the salad but kept separately.

  3. Tamara Klinger says:

    Thank you! Great ideas!

  4. If I buy a whole head of any type of lettuce or greens, I put them in the fridge in a tallish, narrowish container with a couple inches of water in the bottom and lightly cover the top. They keep indefinitely and even grow new leaves… no more throwing leafy things away for me!!

    • Allison Jordan says:

      Great idea! Thanks for sharing! Cold water is a great way to revive wilted leaves too! Do you do that with carrots as well?

  5. The kale looks like it’s been lovingly tucked in for a nap. Gorgeous!

  6. I love this idea, but it seems like it will take up my whole drawer. But maybe I could do it in a shallow dish placed on a shelf instead.

    I always store my lettuce with dry paper towels to soak up any moisture. I would think wet would make them more soggy? Maybe I am doing it wrong.

    • Allison Jordan says:

      Suzy, it does take up the whole drawer!! We eat a lot of leafy greens so I put all types in there, but you are right. I’ve never tried the dish on a shelf…let me know how that works!

      As for the wet/dry paper towels, like you, I’ve only used dry paper towels so I don’t have much experience with using wet. Maybe both work!

  7. What a great idea, thanks for sharing!

  8. This is a great process… Except.. Never put your vegetables in a bare sink. Our sinks harbor horrible bacteria. Find a wonderful glass bowl or safe plastic tub instead.

  9. Great idea Allie! So many of my greens have gone to waste this summer,and it’s been so sad for me. I’ll try this.


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