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    Default Can I freeze bagged lettuce?

    I bought a bag of lettuce on Friday not realizing that it's expiration date is tomorrow! Can I freeze it or should I just try to use it up?
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    use it up.

    To help prolong lettuce....
    When you get it home, wash, spin, put in a zip lock bag with paper towels (1 or 2 is fine) and squeeze out air so it's flat.

    Change the PT daily.
    This will get your lettuce to last a week longer.

    BTW. even though the date says... tomorrow.. it's just the sell by date that the store can sell it to you by. NOT the eat by date.
    Lettuce can be eaten past that date, unless it's not palatable and wilted and slimy and yucky and.....


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    Nope. Lettuce is mostly water, it will turn into a watery mush if frozen.

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    Ok thanks. Frugal nurse, thanks for those tips too. I'm really weird about expiration dates lol
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    Funny Back in the day like 1965 there were no expiration dates on food and we all lived to produce children. Live Dangerously and try something the day after. lol
    If you read about how those dates came about you'll find that the grocery chains had alot to do with it. Kinda like putting the fox in charge of the hen house. Not such a good idea.
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    I have vacuum sealed lettuce to keep it an extra week, that might be an option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurie in Bradenton View Post
    Funny Back in the day like 1965 there were no expiration dates on food and we all lived to produce children.
    You can pretty much guarantee that the grocery stores back then didn't sell pre-made salads/bagged lettuce either

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    I wouldnt freeze it since it will become mushy, but you can eat it beyond the the date on it since that's the date the store must sell it by

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    I just made a big bowl of salad and added carrots and mixed with ranch.. the kids ate it all up.. no waste...

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    Yes, you can freeze lettuce, but when you thaw it, it won't be like lettuce anymore.

    However..... frozen lettuce can be sliced or shredded to throw into stir fries and soups. I do this often when I have lettuce left over and I am leaving on a trip for a few days. Rather than have it rot or throw it out (I NEVER throw out good food!), I freeze it and then add it to the above. The nutritional value is still there. Suggestion: slice the lettuce while stll frozen for easiest handling.
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    I wouldn`t freeze my lettuce ,I agree it would be yuck. not good for a salad anymore.

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    I have seen several cookbooks over the years that suggest boiling a leaf or two of lettuce with green peas for seasoning. I tried it once, but don't remember what the outcome was. I was wondering if instead of just freezing, it could be pureed with some extra water in a blender and then frozen to be added to vegetable type soups. Maybe I'll try that someday.
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    I put leftover lettuce and fresh spinach thats about to go bad in my food processor and pour the "mush" in ice cube trays and freeze. I then store the cubes in a re-usable container. As I'm making soups, spaghetti and the like I throw in a few cubes just to add vitamins (this works really well for my kids who hate "green things").
    My family thinks its Italian Spice lol

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    Wow! Great ideas! 'ForHisGlory', great idea adding frozen lettuce to stirfry.

    A restaraunt I worked at in HS would soak salad that was slightly limp, or slightly discolored, in a sink of water and lemon juice. About 1/4 cup to a full sink, let sit for 20 minutes or so, drain or spin really well, and it is amazing how well it perks up!

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