Leafy green vegetables like spinach, lettuces, kale, chard, arugula, and mesclun are nutritional powerhouses and are a key component to a healthy diet. They are packed with nutrients, but they are also packed with moisture. If left open to the air, your greens would lose moisture and go limp. Too much added moisture and greens go soggy and begin to rot. Whether you buy your vegetables or grow your own, it’s important to know how best to store them so that you can use them throughout the week. We have a few tips to prpoperly store your leafy greens.
Here’s how we save our greens and store them for use.
- For “our straight from the garden” greens, we wash everything in a salad spinner. Excess dirt is rinsed away and then the moisture is spun off. What result is clean food with just the right amount of moisture. If you don’t already have a salad spinner, you should get one. Mine is shown to the left without the lid.
- For store-bought greens, skip this step and wash just before use.
- To store our greens, don’t use thin plastic bags from the store. They are fine to protect your food when you transport you food home from a market or store, but are not ideal for storage. Those plastic produce bags allow air to carry moisture away from your greens. This causes your greens to go limp and start to bad much faster. That means wasted money. Instead, use airtight containers to store your greens and more vegetables.
- To protect and store our greens, we line an airtight container with a sheet of paper towel. Just one sheet is enough.
- Place the greens on top, cover with the lid, and place container in the refrigerator. Be sure to place in the coldest place on the fridge. Ideal temperature in between 34 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
- The paper towel will absorb excess moisture and keep the greens from spoiling. Storing your greens this way will give you fresh, green, and nutritious vegetables throughout the week. You can make one weekly trip to the farmer’s market or store and have fresh greens for sides, salads, or whatever meal you want to make. We have been able to store our greens for up to 10 days using this method. Try it for yourself and save some green.
How do you store your leafy greens? Share your tips with us in the comments below.