Our 26 week CSA season begins tomorrow. We’re hosting the CSA at our house this year, so today we cleaned up a little section of the driveway and put up a canopy for the fruit and veggie boxes that will grace our house each Monday.
I went to the grocery store today to pick up a few items, and realized that so very soon, we’ll have lots of lettuce and herbs from the farm that we’ll have to use. [Our refrigerator needs a serious cleaning out of old food items.] And since it’s lettuce season, I thought I’d share our most successful tips for keeping the lettuce fresh.
Paper Towels in Drawer
The easiest and cheapest option is to rinse off the lettuce with a bit of cold water, loosely wrap in a clean paper towel, and then put the whole thing in the cripser drawer. (Which, in our usually dry climate, is always set as humid as possible)
Green Veggie Bags
Last year, we invested about $20 in a box of the “as seen on TV” green veggie bags, that are supposed to keep veggies fresh longer. I don’t know why they work, but they seriously do. I’ve been able to keep our CSA lettuce and other greens fresh for weeks in these bags. We wash and reuse all our plastic bags, so we’ve only used about 5 or 6 of them out of the box of 15 or so. Whether it’s true to the product advertisement or not, I am asserting that they still work.
Reviving Limp Lettuce
I’ve been able to keep lettuce longer (and make it crisp again even when limp) just by placing the lettuce in a bowl of cold water and letting it soak for 10 minutes or so. And a tip for those of you that have never been a CSA member: greens and other farm-fresh veggies often have a bit of dirt left over, especially spinach. Unless you love crunching dirt with your salad, I highly recommend the 10 minute soak before using any of your farm fresh greens.
Looking forward to the start of our CSA and to meeting all our fellow local food supporters!