Bagged or boxed pre washed salad greens used to be a sore spot with me. They offer great convenience, but more often than not they would rot before I could use them. Imagine coming home from work exhausted and deciding to make a simple salad for dinner. You open up the box of greens you bought 2 days ago to find convenient organic slimy rotting baby kale. Yum. What a letdown. That quick meal idea is no longer an option when you needed to use it most.
Over the years I have moved the greens to different parts of the fridge searching for the optimum location to maintain freshness. I have tried adding or removing air to the bag before i sealed it. I tried rubber bands, twist ties and chip clips in an effort to find the perfect way to seal the opened bag. Those huge plastic clam shells full of convenient organic expensive greens were a no go-they lasted about a day on me before it looked like a snail had gotten into my mixed field greens.
I stumbled upon one of the most simple and easiest ways to keep those salad greens fresh. Washed salad greens now last at least a week in my fridge. I even buy those big honking clam shells now without the anxiety that used to come with them.
All you need is a sheet of paper towel. Place a sheet of paper towel in the bag or the box of salad and close it up. Seriously its that easy.
Like I mentioned earlier, greens keep at least a week for me when I do this. The paper towel absorbs excess moisture as far as I can tell. Try it and let us know how it worked for you on our Facebook page: facebook.com/wellinformedliving