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5 Ways To Keep Salad Greens Fresh Longer In The Fridge

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How To Keep Leafy Greens From Getting Soggy

On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, we’re sharing 5 ways to keep salad greens fresh longer in the fridge.

This was a question from #AskLiveLeanTV Ep. 015.

Here’s today’s viewer question:

LeBrina Jamison @hoopsmcgoops on Twitter asks: any tricks to keep my greens that are in the plastic containers from getting so wet and soggy after opening? What is your best simple tip to keep salad greens fresh longer in the fridge?

😂 LeBrina Jamison.

If you haven’t figured out why I’m laughing at the name “LeBrina Jamison”, it’s because it’s a funny remix of Lebron James’ name.

Ok, all joking aside, this is a good question.

These 5 simple tips applies to most types of salad greens, including spinach, lettuce, and arugula.

We actually have a giant box of arugula in the fridge that is almost a week old, so it’s coming close to getting wet and soggy.

5 Easy Tips To Keep Salad Greens Fresh Longer In The Fridge

We share our best tip to stop your produce from getting wet and soggy at the end of this post.

Although it doesn’t directly answer your question on how to keep salad greens fresh longer in the fridge, it does help you use them up quickly.

#1. Add Paper Towel To The Salad Container

To keep salad greens fresh longer in the fridge, it’s best to store them in the fridge before washing them.

Excess moisture is one of the main reasons why your leafy greens are getting wet and soggy in the fridge.

If you prefer to pre-wash them, so they are ready to use, adding a paper towel to the container becomes even more important.

This paper towel helps to absorb the moisture, thus keeping the salad greens fresh for a longer period of time.

Here’s how to use paper towels:

  1. Dump the salad greens out of the container and into a big bowl.
  2. Place a paper towel on the bottom of the container or a sealable bag.
  3. Add a few handfuls of the salad greens on top of the paper towel.
  4. Place another paper towel in the middle of the salad greens.
  5. Then add the rest of the salad greens to the container.
  6. Top with the final layer of paper towels, seal the container or bag, then store in the fridge.

#2. Place The Salad Greens On Top Of Specialized Fridge Shelf Liners

You can also try buying shelf liners to keep your fruits and vegetables fresh for longer periods of time in the fridge.

Although we’ve never used them, these BluApple FreshMats on Amazon have a lot of positive reviews.

When you place your produce on these mats in the fridge, they claim to keep them fresh longer by improving air flow and circulation.

If you want to try the BluApple FreshMats here’s and Amazon link.

#3. Store The Salad Greens In A Specialized Crisper Bag

On Amazon, you can also buy a specific type of organic cotton vegetable crisper bag from a company called VejiBag.

When you wrap your vegetables in the bag, they claim it can keep your vegetables fresh for up to 2 weeks.

Again, full transparency, we’ve never used them before, so we can’t speak from experience that they work.

However, if you want to try the VejiBag out, here’s an Amazon link.

#4. Freeze Your Salad Greens

If you have a surplus of salad greens in the fridge and you know you won’t eat them in time, try freezing them.

Simply add your salad greens to a re-sealable freezer bag, remove all the excess air, seal it, then store it in the fridge.

You can then use them up by adding frozen greens to your smoothies.

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#5. Eat Your Salad Greens Faster

The best way to ensure your salad greens never get soggy or wet is to eat them faster.

If you buy a regular size container of greens and can’t eat them fast enough, it’s a sign you may not be eating enough greens in your diet.

We pretty much eat a small container of leafy greens every two days.

Even if you live by yourself, you should still be able to get through a container of salad greens before they wilt.

When Jessica and I were living by ourselves, we would each be able to get through a container quickly.

Bonus Tip:

Once you do notice your leafy greens starting to get wet and soggy, throw them into your favorite smoothies or cook them by adding them to your scrambled eggs, omelets, or stir fry.

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Since we eat so many leafy greens, it is always the first grocery item that we run out of.

Every time we get groceries at Costco, we always stock up on leafy green vegetables.

Even though we buy the big bags and containers of leafy greens at Costco, if we run out before our next Costco grocery haul, we will pick up a small box at the local grocery store throughout the week.

Those are our 5 best tips on how to keep salad greens fresh longer in the fridge.

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