Food Tips

How to Prevent Wilted Greens

Have you ever gone to the store, bought a beautiful bag of baby spinach, baby kale, arugula, mesclun, spring mix, etc. only to have it turn into a gross mess of wilted greens three days later? It’s so annoying, especially when you were planning on using the greens for a recipe later in the week and now have to sit and sort through the leaves to find the good ones. Luckily, there’s an easy solution that uses things you most likely already have in your kitchen.

There are two main reasons why salad greens wilt: moisture and being squished (yes, that’s a technical term). I use a two-step process to help eliminate both of these issues.

To preventing moisture from ruining your delicious salad greens, you need to add something to absorb the moisture, like a paper towel. I’ve never tried this with a cloth towel but I bet it would work too as long as the towel is small and lightweight. Fold the paper towel into quarters and place it in the top of the bag or box of greens the first time you open it. If you notice some of the leaves are wilting before you’ve started using them, open the bag or box and add the paper towel right away. The paper towel will absorb the excess moisture, keeping your greens dry and slime free.

The second step only applies to greens that come in a bag. One of the easiest ways to close up a bag of salad greens is to use a rubber band but this is not a good idea as it squishes the greens. Instead, use a small clip, like the awesome ones I have from Ikea, which are cheap and stick to the fridge so they’re harder to lose and handy when you need them. Using clips means that you’re only squishing the plastic at the top of the bag and none of the greens inside.

I hope this helps keep wilted greens out of your fridge!

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  • Lisa

    Thanks for the tips. Will give them a try!