This simple hack will make your bagged supermarket salad last longer

If you’re forever having to throw out inedible bags of salad, this is for you. Wendyl Nissen shares her tried and tested hack for a crisper salad greens.

Not everyone grows their salad in the garden, and so we rely on bagged salad. When I’m in Auckland, away from my garden, I buy my greens at the supermarket.

The bags are filled with gas to keep the salad fresh until you open it, and then you’ve got about a day to eat it before it wilts and is inedible. Personally, if I can find a real lettuce I will buy that over a bag of salad, but sometimes they’re not available.

So I open the bag and soak the salad in a large bowl of fresh, cold water for as long as I can. All day, if I think of it. The salad will be cleaned of anything that may have been thriving in the bag – there have been recalls for salad in the past due to listeria.

It also revives the leaves and they are nice and crisp. After it’s had a good soak I lay it all out on a tea towel, roll it up gently and put it in the fridge – it stays fresh and edible for days.

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