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August 1, 2011 10:25 AM
i love those bagged salad mixes from the grocery store, for the convenience and the variety of lettuces within the mix. however, i find that they only last 3-4 days after being bought UNopened, and only a day or two (if i'm lucky) after being opened.
i feel like in order to eat them before they turn i have to eat a whole bag the day i get home from the store... which is not what i really want.
does anyone else have this problem? or a way to fix it?
August 1, 2011 10:28 AM
I have had this problem with the Fresh Express bags salads too. It's very annoying. I like to add a salad to my lunch. I will by the bag Sunday and by Wednesday its turning colors. It really sucks!! I can only think to buy small fresh made salads daily which isnt too convenient or cheap.
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August 1, 2011 10:28 AM
I like the Spring mix that comes in a plastic box, forget the brand. It had a great blend of greens and is super yummy. I swear I would rather eat liver than iceberg lettuce...
  4001156
August 1, 2011 10:29 AM
just put it in a ziploc baggie when youre done with it!!
August 1, 2011 10:29 AM
after opening the salad put it in an airtight (like tupperware type) container. Put a paper towel on the bottom and another paper towel on the top. The towels will help absurb some of the moisture and you can get an extra 2 or 3 days out of your bag.
August 1, 2011 10:30 AM
QUOTE:

I like the Spring mix that comes in a plastic box, forget the brand. It had a great blend of greens and is super yummy. I swear I would rather eat liver than iceberg lettuce...

This is what we do, and it tends to keep for longer than the bagged stuff. Our fridge is super cold though, so that probably helps.

The tip about the paper towel is so true though, it helps so much. I do that with chopped cucumber and bananas, too!
  7612606
August 1, 2011 10:30 AM
Same here. I found that the fresh bags are really efficient to keep the lettuce crispy and fresh longer.

(like these : http://www.evertfresh.com/?q=node/7)
  1655972
August 1, 2011 10:31 AM
I love the bagged salad mixes! I can usually eat an entire bag in 1 day, so it works for me! You are right, though...they get "nasty" after a few days...try putting the whole bag in a tupperware bowl...seems to last a little longer.happy
August 1, 2011 10:31 AM
QUOTE:

after opening the salad put it in an airtight (like tupperware type) container. Put a paper towel on the bottom and another paper towel on the top. The towels will help absurb some of the moisture and you can get an extra 2 or 3 days out of your bag.


Thanks for this idea! I'm going to try that out this week. I get SO irritated when my salad goes brown a day after opening.
  6189333
August 1, 2011 10:31 AM
QUOTE:

after opening the salad put it in an airtight (like tupperware type) container. Put a paper towel on the bottom and another paper towel on the top. The towels will help absurb some of the moisture and you can get an extra 2 or 3 days out of your bag.


Wow I will definitely have to try this. I've been having the same problem the poster has so hopefully this tip works. I'm so tired of having to throw stuff out and wasting money.
August 1, 2011 10:31 AM
QUOTE:

I like the Spring mix that comes in a plastic box, forget the brand. It had a great blend of greens and is super yummy. I swear I would rather eat liver than iceberg lettuce...


Marketside! I love those. They last FOREVER. I had salad that lasted well over a week before it started to turn. I quit buying bagged because of the same reason.
  1485526
August 1, 2011 10:31 AM
I like the salad in the plastic box too -- I think the brand is "Organic Girl". You can get spring mix, baby spinach, etc.
August 1, 2011 10:31 AM
I eat entire bags in one meal! So lunch can be at least 100 g of mixed leaves with other stuff added. Today I had 190 g of bagged salad leaves and beetroot (along with some prawns and humous -yum!) and could barely finish it. This is the stuff you can eat tonnes of as it is what our bodies crave, just remember to be careful with dressings is you use them. Unless your bags are much, much bigger where you're from, get used to filling up with veggies wink
  8032283
August 1, 2011 10:32 AM
The ones that come in the plastic tubs last longer.
  3298722
August 1, 2011 10:32 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

after opening the salad put it in an airtight (like tupperware type) container. Put a paper towel on the bottom and another paper towel on the top. The towels will help absurb some of the moisture and you can get an extra 2 or 3 days out of your bag.


Wow I will definitely have to try this. I've been having the same problem the poster has so hopefully this tip works. I'm so tired of having to throw stuff out and wasting money.


This works! I do this with my regular heads of lettuce as well!
August 1, 2011 10:33 AM
I buy the different greens separately and cut them for use. Seems to last longer that way.
  5491015
August 1, 2011 10:34 AM
Before they seal the bag they actually fill it with some kind of chemical to keep it fresh, as soon as contact with air is made it goes down hill really quickly.

http://www.modifiedatmospherepackaging.com/Applications/Modified-atmosphere-packaging-fruit-vegetables.aspx

My local supermarket sell leaves that are still 'alive' in soil (sounds odd but it works) you just put it in the fridge and pick the leaves as required. Its stays fresh for ages!
Edited by cartern1 On August 1, 2011 10:38 AM
August 1, 2011 10:35 AM
QUOTE:

I like the Spring mix that comes in a plastic box, forget the brand. It had a great blend of greens and is super yummy. I swear I would rather eat liver than iceberg lettuce...


In my area that's Earthbound Organic.

I no longer buy bagged lettuces, for the same reason (plus buying heads of lettuce is cheaper). What I do is store them in these containers: http://www.amazon.com/Progressive-International-LKS-06-Lettuce-Keeper/dp/B000OUY2QO . These things will seriously keep your lettuce crisp and tasty for 2 weeks! I own three of these and store all of my veg in them--it even keeps avocados from turning brown and cut tomatoes from getting mushy.
  5002568
August 1, 2011 10:39 AM
If you don't already own one, I would highly recommend a salad spinner. It will spin a lot of the moisture out of the leaves and they keep longer.
  2572493
August 1, 2011 10:41 AM
QUOTE:

I like the Spring mix that comes in a plastic box, forget the brand. It had a great blend of greens and is super yummy. I swear I would rather eat liver than iceberg lettuce...


Same here, and we add fresh romaine to it to mitigate the price and make it last longer. Sometimes we get the spring mix half and half, which is half spring mix and half spinach.

We used to do the bagged salads--not worth it, price-wise. Too costly, AND they go bad in a matter of days.

Kris
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August 1, 2011 11:03 AM
good ideas, thanks!
i would buy more than one type of lettuce/full heads and make my own, but i'm the only one who eats salads at all in my house, so i usually never finish those before they turn either lol. i've tried whole heads of romaine, but i just don't go through it...
Edited by wearystar On August 1, 2011 11:06 AM
August 1, 2011 11:09 AM
QUOTE:

Before they seal the bag they actually fill it with some kind of chemical to keep it fresh, as soon as contact with air is made it goes down hill really quickly.

http://www.modifiedatmospherepackaging.com/Applications/Modified-atmosphere-packaging-fruit-vegetables.aspx

My local supermarket sell leaves that are still 'alive' in soil (sounds odd but it works) you just put it in the fridge and pick the leaves as required. Its stays fresh for ages!


That sounds interesting - I'm going to have to check my supermarket for this! Right now, it's not an issue because I grow my own lettuce, but in the fall/winter, I'll have to consider this option.

Thanks!
August 1, 2011 11:11 AM
I buy fresh spinach in bags and usually take it out of the bag and put it into a sealed container, like someone else suggested. My husband and I go through it like water though so it usually can't go bad before we eat it! I would double check the date on the bag -- the closer expiration dates are usually at the front of the shelf, so you gotta dig back a little ways to find fresher ones. I can get to the expiration date and a few days beyond, generally (and I tend to buy it 7-10 days before expiration)

Also, check to see what the humidity setting in your fridge is like. I have a crisper I keep mine in and I think low humidity is for veggies and high is for fruit (could be the other way around), but look into that as well.
Edited by cydonian On August 1, 2011 11:11 AM

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