Perk Up Your Wilted Lettuce

This spring we have gotten a LOT of lettuce in our CSA box.  In our first box, at the beginning of May, we received 3 heads of lettuce.  This trend has continued each week.  Unfortunately, not all of the lettuce fit in the produce drawers of our fridge so I put the excess on a shelf in the main compartment of the refrigerator.  Much to my dismay, the next day I opened my fridge to find an abundance of wilted lettuce.  I couldn’t believe it.  I felt silly for leaving it on the shelf and sad to have wasted so much good produce.

Well, luckily, you can find the answer to so many problems on Google.  So, one computer and about five minutes later I found the solution.  If you have wilted lettuce just pop it in a bowl filled with cold water and squeeze fresh lemon juice into the water.  Put the bowl filled with water, lettuce, and lemon juice in the fridge.  After a couple of hours you should have nice crisp lettuce worthy of a wonderful salad.

After discovering this trick I haven’t had to throw away any lettuce due to wilting.  I have even discovered that you can leave the lettuce in the water until you are ready to use it.  So, make sure that you tear your lettuce into the size you prefer before you put it in the water.  This will save you some time down the road.