Has this ever happened to you? You open the refrigerator to pull out salad greens to get dinner on the table, only to reach in and discover a wilted, slimy mess.

That romaine, iceberg or bag of pre-washed salad mix can’t be more than a few weeks old but there it is—and into the garbage, it goes. And don’t we hate when that happens!

Garbage can full of rotten food

Here’s the deal: There are ways to make salad greens last at least long enough to be consumed. But to be truly useful whatever we have to do to make it happen needs to be practical—that means quick, easy and reliable.

That’s why an experiment conducted over at thekitchn.com caught my eye and sent me running for a plastic food storage bin with a tight-fitting lid.

Here’s the story: Christine Gallary, TheKitchn editor-at-large, was determined to put an end to the mystery and myriad tips out there for storing salad greens by taking the three most popular methods and putting them to the test. The goal was to discover once and for all if the way we store fresh greens matters in the long run. She used a large bag of pre-washed mesclun for the test. Read more