How to Keep Lettuce Fresh for Weeks


Some tips that land in my email box are instantly recognizable as winners. But some leave me wondering, will that really work? Today’s first tip falls into the category, forcing me to test it out. Just to be sure. And guess what? It really does work. I don’t know why, but it does. Try it!

LETTUCE TRICK. I take a fresh head of lettuce, core it, wash and dry it thoroughly, then tear off chunks that will fit inside a quart-size Zip-loc bag. Wrap the chunks tightly in paper towels, place in the storage bag, and seal tightly, mashing all of the air out of the bag while zipping shut. I keep several quart-size bags of lettuce in my produce bin for weeks at a time with no browning or wilting. It really works! —Carolyn, email

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DIY RANCH DRESSING. Here’s a quick recipe for Ranch Dressing mix: Mix together 2 1/2 tablespoons minced onion flakes, 3 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/3 cup powdered (dry) buttermilk. Yield: About 1/3 cup mix. Store in tightly sealed container in the refrigerator. To use: Combine one tablespoon mix with one cup of mayonnaise and one cup milk and whisk until smooth. —Todd, Texas

SHREDDED CHICKEN. Here’s an easy way to get perfectly shredded chicken in just seconds: While it is still hot, place the cooked chicken into your Kitchen Aid stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Turn it on to medium speed and in just 20 seconds you’ll have perfect, restaurant-style shredded chicken. This won’t work well if the chicken is cold. —Dora, California

HEAT THE TAPE. Want to make sure that roll of masking or blue painter’s tape releases from the roll easily (even if it’s years old and has been sitting on a shelf in the garage)? Freshen it by microwaving it for 10 seconds. That will soften the adhesive just right for easy release. —Pete, Colorado

PREP GENIUS. Don’t you hate when you take the time to tape off walls and woodwork before painting, only to have the paint leak underneath the tape and make a mess? Here’s the way to make sure that doesn’t happen: Lay the tape onto the woodwork and press the edge of the tape it with the corner of your putty knife to prevent the wall paint from bleeding behind the tape onto the woodwork. —Anthony, email

SHOP TARGET. Here is the system that Target uses for marking down its merchandise weekly. Mon: Electronics, kids clothing, cards gift wrap. Tuesday: Domestics, women’s clothing, pets and food items. Wednesday: Men’s clothing, toys, lawn and garden, health and beauty items. Thursday: Housewares, lingerie, shoes, music, movies, books and luggage. Friday: Auto, cosmetics, hardware and jewelry. Hit the store early in the morning to get what you need before anyone else knows about it. —Nancy, California

TWICE THE CLEAN. While cleaning your coffee maker with vinegar, put a spoonful of baking soda into the sink drain. When the pot is done, pour the hot vinegar water down the drain. Now you’ve cleaned both the coffee maker and the drain very well. —Donna, email

Question: How long has it been since you cleaned your coffee maker?

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6 replies
  1. Jo in KS
    Jo in KS says:

    For once I’m on top of things. I just cleaned my coffee pot yesterday. It was so sqeaky clean I was sure the coffee tasted better this morning. Also I keep a list of household tasks to consider daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly. Coffee pot is on there monthly.

  2. Linda
    Linda says:

    I used to use vinegar to clean my coffee pot. Then I tried “Brew Rite” powdered coffee cleaner. I buy it at WalMart. I was shocked the first time I used this product. Unlike the blue-colored liquid coffee pot cleaners that I had tried before, it looked like I was brewing tea! The water in the pot was a good shade of brown. The subsequent rinsings flushed out brown particles. (The last rinse the water was clean) I know it is not as inexpensive as the vinegar clean solution, but I don’t believe I will really feel like my pot is clean since I have seen Brew Rite work.

  3. Elle
    Elle says:

    I know this is off topic, but I have a question. My family LOVES ranch dressing and I’ve been thinking of making my own mix, but where can I buy powdered buttermilk? I don’t recall ever seeing it on the store shelves before.


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