A food blogger has revealed the incredible hack she uses to keep lettuce leaves fresh for over a month.
The food blogger, who regularly shared her tips and tricks online, placed the lettuce into a jar, before completely submerging the leaf in water and tightening the lid.
Four weeks later, she unveiled the results of the clever trick, explaining: ‘It’s been way over a month and this is the lettuce I showed you, it’s still fresh and crispy.’
Food blogger Lama, from Florida, who goes by the username Taste Good Foodie online, has wowed the internet with her clever hack to keep lettuce leaves fresh (left, and right)
Four weeks after submerging her lettuce into a jar of water, Lama revealed the leaf had remained crisp and fresh
Sharing the tip online, Lama squashed the leaf down into the jar before filling the jar with water. She went on to screw a lid onto the top of the jar.
Lama explained: ‘This is a great way to keep your lettuce nice and fresh. Submerge in water and it can last in the refrigerator for up to one month.
‘The leaves will remain nice and crisp. Just pull it out of the fridge and drain it. You should definitely give this a try.’
In an update post shared later, she went on to explain that she had changed the water in the jar every one to two days, and ensured the container was tight each time.
Sharing the tip online, Lama squashed the leaf down into the jar before filling the jar with water and tightening the lid
What is osmosis?
Lettuce should be fresh and crisp, but upon storage its water can evaporate.
The pressure inside the lettuce cells drops and the leaves shrink and become droopy.
The remedy is to immerse the lettuce leaves in cold water.
The water will then diffuse back into the cells again. The process is known as osmosis.
She said: ‘January 10, I showed you guys how I submerged lettuce in water and I told you it would last for a whole month.’
She pulled the lettuce out of the water, saying: ‘It’s been way over a month and this is the lettuce I showed you, it’s still fresh and crispy.
‘Now nobody wants to store lettuce for a month, but it’s a great idea if you’re going for a vacation or if you’re leaving for two weeks. You can still come back to fresh lettuce.’
The videos quickly went viral, with over 222k views online and thousands praising Lama for the tip.
One person commented: ‘Thankyou! This is great to prevent food waste for people who live alone.’
Another wrote: ‘I guess I can stop throwing away my salad mix every week now.’
‘I do that with carrots and I feel like they’re even more crisp with a month in water than freshly bought,’ one added.
The food blogger told followers they should replace the water every one to two days and ensure the lid of the jar was secure to keep the lettuce fresh
Over a month later, Lama removed her lettuce from the water, revealing it had remained nice, fresh and crispy (left, and right)
Another posted: ‘Wow, who would have thought of that?’
Meanwhile Dr Heather Woolery-Lloyd shared a further clip explaining osmosis is the reason the lettuce stays crispy within water.
She posted: ‘Osmosis allowed the water to enter the cells of the lettuce and caused the lettuce leaves to stay firm and crispy.’
Meanwhile Dr Heather Woolery-Lloyd shared a further clip explaining osmosis is the reason the lettuce stays crispy within water
Source: Food Recipes and News