Maybe I’m the only one having this problem. In the past two weeks, I’ve gotten lettuce in my CSA box. Last week, it was romaine, the week before I can’t remember. My lettuce arrives bright, green, crisp and full of dirt (which I personally don’t mind since to me it’s an indicator of freshness). But a few days in my refrigerator’s crisper and the poor thing wilts. So I asked Margie of Bee Heaven Farm for a few tips and thought I’d share them in case there are a few others struggling to keep their lettuce fresh. Here’s what she said:
“Regarding keeping lettuce crisp –
If it’s starting to wilt a bit, cut off a slice of the bottom stem. Take a paper towel and fold it several times into a small, thick square. Wet it thoroughly (dripping), and put it on the bottom of the cut stem. Put the lettuce in a plastic bag, taking care that the towel stays in contact with the cut stem.
Always store lettuce in a closed plastic bag, and don’t wash it until you’re ready to use it.”