I asked our lovely facebook event fans what their top three wasted foods were and salad leaves and lettuce were one of the top three offenders.
It took me back to the time when I was standing in the fruit and veg aisle of the supermarket listening to a couple of friends talking. (as you do).
These friends were rummaging through the pillow packs of mixed salad leaves. One remarked to the other that she could never finish the bags before they went off.
The other reassured her that it didn’t matter; she bought these knowing full well she would only eat half and the rest she threw away!
I figured if they bought one salad bag a week and threw away half, they were chucking £36 a year in the bin; and don’t get me started on the environmental impact of all that embedded energy from water, fertilisers, transportation and packaging…
You’ll be delighted to hear that today I’m going to share one tiny tip that will help you reduce salad waste. Yes, I can help you keep those pesky salad leaves fresher for longer, which means your budget will stretch further AND you can get a high five from Mother Nature for doing your bit.
Here goes then.
Take a good look at the salad leaves in this photo and have a guess how old they are:
Well my friends, these are TEN days old!
Did I lovingly hug my lettuce, thus giving it a reason to live? Or have I just found the secret to eternal youth?
Alas not; so I won’t be making my fortune just yet.
No, I simply separated the leaves when I got them home and put them into a container of water. That container was kept in the fridge and hey guess what? No wilting salad, even after TEN DAYS!
So there you have the secret to never having to pull out green, slimy, smelly lettuce leaves from the back of the salad crisper again.
How do you keep salad leaves fresh?