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    Does it work to freeze a head of romaine lettuce for future salad use? We can only get them in 3 head bags here and that is too much for our use (I like romaine salads, wife doesn't).

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    No you can not freeze lettuce. Lettuce is mostly water and when the water freezes it destroys the cell walls of the lettuce. When it thaws out it will be a mushy mess and not something you will want to eat.

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    NOPE. Sorry,

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    Negative! Sorry dude

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    You can freeze it and use it for greens in soups though. Nice mild flavor.

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    You don't have to buy Romaine 3 to a package. What you are buying that way is actually the Romaine hearts. If your grocrey store sells different types of lettuce, you should be able to buy just one head of romaine.

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    So what is the difference between the heart and the head?

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    It's kind of along the same lines as buying celery hearts and just regular celery. You get the more tender portion of the romaine with just buying the hearts as opposed to getting all of the outer leaves which can be tough.

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    Lettuce is the only thing in the produce section that is always sold fresh. And romaine lasts forever, which is why I love it. One of those 3-for bags keeps 3 weeks or more.

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    the heart is much more tender and flavorful. same w/ celery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pollypurebred39 View Post
    You can freeze it and use it for greens in soups though. Nice mild flavor.
    How do you freeze it? I have a garden which is pouring out lettuce. All of the "good stuff" no iceberg. I hate to toss it and my friends are saying they have enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kita View Post
    How do you freeze it? I have a garden which is pouring out lettuce. All of the "good stuff" no iceberg. I hate to toss it and my friends are saying they have enough.

    If you wash (soak in cold water for 30 minutes) the separated the leaves...and dry them thoroughly you can either:

    1. Place them in a freezer bag and REMOVE ALL AIR and freeze flat (do not bend or place heavy objects on them) - then thaw on paper towels at room temperature. (this really is only good for soups and stews)

    2. Place them on a paper towel and roll up. Place in a zip lock bag and refrigerate. (This will keep your lettuce fresh for 2 - 3 weeks as long as it is DRY when you put it in the bag. The paper towel helps to wick any moisture that may form away from the leaves. When you get some out to eat, check the paper towel, if it is damp simply replace it.

    NOTE - Iceburg lettuce can just be washed and shaken dry - do not separate the leaves as it is packed so tight there isn't much dirt that can get between the leaves.

    Enjoy!

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    this thread reminds me of the Debby Reynolds movie, "Mother" where she explains to her grown son how she makes a week's worth of salads and freezes them.

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    never heard of putting lettuce in soups or stews.

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    I've made soup with lettuce in it. I'm sure there are nutrients in it that are helpful, but what I made wasn't filling or tasty at all. It's been years so I don't recall the details, but I remember trashing the recipe. Which is not to say there aren't any better recipes out there. But given a choice, I'd just use some variety of cabbage instead.
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