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How to Wash & Store Iceberg Lettuce

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author image Michelle Kerns
Michelle Kerns writes for a variety of print and online publications and specializes in literature and science topics. She has served as a book columnist since 2008 and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. Kerns studied English literature and neurology at UC Davis.
How to Wash & Store Iceberg Lettuce
How to Wash & Store Iceberg Lettuce Photo Credit Stephanie Loaiza/Demand Media

The average American eats about 30 pounds of lettuce each year, reports the Agriculture Council of America, and the most popular type in the United States is iceberg lettuce. What iceberg lettuce lacks in flavor it makes up for in crispness, versatility and storage length -- washed and stored correctly, a head of iceberg lettuce can last up to seven days in the refrigerator. Use the whole leaves as crunchy, low-carbohydrate wraps for grilled meat or vegetables or serve them instead of chips with dip; mix the shredded leaves into salads of cooked, cooled rice, wheat berries or couscous.

Step 1

How to Wash & Store Iceberg Lettuce
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Hold the head of iceberg lettuce in your hand, core-side up. Pound the core of the lettuce firmly down onto a clean, hard surface such as a kitchen counter. Grasp the core, twist, pull it out of the lettuce head and discard.

Step 2

How to Wash & Store Iceberg Lettuce
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Rinse the entire head of lettuce under cool, running water, holding it cored-side up. Turn the head over and shake it to remove any excess water. Place it on a clean, dry towel or in a colander to drain.

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Step 3

How to Wash & Store Iceberg Lettuce
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Remove the separate lettuce leaves by hand, if desired, and pat each dry with paper towels or use a salad spinner to free the leaves of as much water as possible. Use paper towels to pat dry the outside of the head of lettuce if you plan on storing it whole.

Step 4

How to Wash & Store Iceberg Lettuce
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Wrap the iceberg lettuce head or leaves in dry paper towels. Place in a zip-top plastic bag and store in the refrigerator's vegetable crisper.

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