Store iceberg lettuce properly

Store iceberg lettuce properly

How long can iceberg lettuce be stored?

Under ideal conditions, iceberg lettuce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks without the leaves wilting. However, this only applies if:

  • the iceberg lettuce has been properly prepared for storage
  • the iceberg lettuce is fresh
  • the iceberg lettuce is kept in the vegetable drawer
  • the iceberg lettuce is not cut

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Iceberg salads from the supermarket are rarely really fresh, which is why you should expect a slightly shorter storage time. However, if you have picked the lettuce fresh from the garden, it will certainly last two weeks. However, the longer the iceberg lettuce is stored, the more and more nutrients it is losing and since it is not exactly a vitamin and mineral bomb anyway, you should avoid longer storage times. In the last point you will learn the nutritional values ​​of the iceberg lettuce.

Prepare the iceberg lettuce for storage

Regardless of whether you have brought the iceberg lettuce from your own garden or from the supermarket: the ice lettuce is often dirty. So first it has to be cleaned. But be careful, do not use water for this! If the iceberg lettuce comes into contact with water, it spoils much faster. Therefore, proceed as follows:

  • Clean coarse dirt with your hand or a dry brush.
  • Remove any leaves that are dirty or have been eaten by insects.
  • Read off any small animals.
  • Then wrap your iceberg lettuce in foil or newspaper.
  • Put it in the vegetable drawer.

Can you freeze iceberg lettuce?

No. Like other salads, iceberg lettuce cannot be frozen because the leaves lose their consistency and collapse when thawed.

Store iceberg lettuce in the cellar

Alternatively, you can store your iceberg lettuce in a dry, cool place in the basement. Here, too, the salad must be prepared accordingly and ideally wrapped in newspaper.

The nutritional values ​​of iceberg lettuce

Compared to many types of cabbage, ice cream lettuce contains relatively few minerals and vitamins. Savoy cabbage, for example, contains over twice as much sodium, vitamin A, vitamin C and magnesium.

The iceberg lettuce contains per 100 grams:

  • Sodium: 10mg
  • Potassium: 141mg
  • Vitamin A: 502 IU
  • Calcium: 18mg
  • Vitamin C: 2.8mg
  • Iron: 0.4mg
  • Magnesium: 7mg

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