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How to Make Romaine Lettuce Last Longer

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Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.
How to Make Romaine Lettuce Last Longer
Choose the freshest looking lettuce for storing. Photo Credit: anna1311/iStock/Getty Images

Romaine lettuce's high water content means there is no long-term preservation method suitable for making the lettuce last longer. Drying, canning and freezing all produce inedible results. For the best nutritional value, romaine lettuce is best served when it's fresh, green and crisp. Storing the lettuce in a refrigerator is the best option for preserving it, although there are a few other measures that can be taken to ensure romaine lettuce lasts as long as possible.

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Step 1

Fill a clean sink half way with cool water.

Step 2

Cut off the core of the lettuce with a clean, sharp knife.

Step 3

Separate the romaine lettuce leaves and submerge them in the water.

Step 4

Swish the lettuce leaves around in the water until all of the dirt or other residue is removed from the leaves.

Step 5

Dry the romaine leaves by spinning them in a salad spinner or dry each leaf thoroughly with a clean dish towel.

Step 6

Line the crisper drawer in the refrigerator with dry, clean kitchen towels or paper towels to absorb excess moisture from the leaves.

Step 7

Layer the leaves on top of each other in the drawer on top of the towels.

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