How-To Revive Limp Lettuce


When your lettuce goes all limp in the fridge’s crisper drawer, because let’s face it – there’s nothing about a clear plastic boxie drawer that’s going to crisp anything destined to go limp in a few days …. don’t toss the lettuce out.

Revive it.

Treat it just like cut flowers. Trim off the bottom a bit, and sink the leaves (standing upright) in a tall bowl of cool water. Let them cool off their toes overnight.

In the morning, drain off the water. Rinse the leaves, and you have fresh lettuce again.

Happy crunching!

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Glenda says:

    Hi Misk, dunking limp cucumbers in water also works:)

    1. Misky says:

      Hi Glenda, absolutely true, and celery, too. 😀

      1. Glenda says:

        Does it work for carots too?

  2. Great tip you’ve shared there. I’ve been doing this for years, works well with celery too!

    1. Misky says:

      It does indeed, and radishes!

  3. Karen says:

    Isn’t it amazing how fast lettuce can go limp…although no telling how long it was harvested before we buy it.

    1. Misky says:

      My lettuce comes from Spain at this time of the year, so it’s at least 4 days old when I buy it. Bring on the summer!

  4. Another great tip I will have to try! Thanks!

    1. Misky says:

      You are welcome!

  5. Wow.. I needed to meet you about 25 years and 1,000 discarded heads of lettuce ago! Do you pop it in the fridge once it’s in the water? And what about those spring lettuce mixes, do you think just putting them in water for a while would work? xx

    1. Misky says:

      You can pop it in the fridge if you have room, which I don’t, so I leave them on the worktop. Once they’re crisp, pop them into a ziploc bag and then into the fridge. Not sure about the lettuce mixes. I don’t buy them. 🙂

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