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Storing Fresh Produce: How to prevent heads of romaine from dying lonely deaths at the back of the fridge

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Storing Fresh Produce: How to prevent heads of romaine from dying lonely deaths at the back of the fridge

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stefzehn | | Jul 5, 2010 06:48 AM

Hey all!

My husband is a huge ChowHound and loves loves loves buying all kinds of fresh produce and coming here to figure out what to do with it. However, as a result we have bags of kale, chard, lettuces, shoots, and sprigs. In an ideal world, we would be wise in our produce usage and not push bags to the back of the fridge (which all too frequently becomes a romaine lettuce graveyard). However, this being reality, we often get ready to make a salad and pull out a half-forgotten uncared-for head of dead lettuce.

What I'm wanting to hear are some tips on storing produce. Do you prep your lettuces as soon as you get it? Do you trim your radish from their leafy tops right away? How do you store your kale and chard?

I have one friend who keeps her lettuce in a salad spinner in the fridge - that seemed like a good idea b/c the lettuce could breathe, I suppose. We usually just keep ours in the bag until we use it, and often several of the leaves have wilted by the time we go to use it.

Thanks for your help!

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