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How Long Does Lettuce Last? [Shelf Life Guide]

Lettuce is a type of vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked.

Lettuce has been cultivated and consumed for thousands of years in many different cultures.

It’s also known as “salad,” “greens,” and “mixed salad”.

They are usually green leaves with a long stem, but they come in other colors too.

This blog post will discuss how to store lettuce so that you can enjoy fresh lettuce all year round.

How to Store Lettuce?

how to store lettuce

Lettuce is a delicate vegetable that can be tricky to store correctly.

Lettuce needs enough space in the fridge, it should not be squished under anything, and it also cannot touch any other food.

It must stay away from produce with high ethylene levels, such as tomatoes or apples because they will make lettuce spoil faster than usual.

The best place for storing lettuce is between paper towels on the shelf of an open crisper drawer on top so air can circulate around them easily without touching any other vegetables like onions that would contaminate the taste of your salads.

To store leafy vegetables:

  1. Wrap in a damp paper towel and put the head inside a plastic bag.

2. Store in the refrigerator. If you’re storing individual lettuce leaves, wash them first, then dry with a paper towel.

3. Roll in parchment or waxed paper and seal the ends tightly to create an airtight package that can be stored without refrigeration for at least one week.

Maintain crispness by storing lettuce heads whole, not cut up, wrapped in plastic wrap, and placed inside a sealed container of cold water (like a zipper-topped bag).

Place the entire storage container into the fridge. Refrigerate ice packs if necessary.

You should also clean your produce as soon as possible after purchase because washing fresh vegetables reduce spoilage rates from bacteria while sweeping cuts down on pesticide residues too.

How Long Does Lettuce Last?

how long does lettuce last

Lettuce is sensitive to bruising, so make sure you handle them gently from their leaves being cut off until after using them in your salad bowl.

In general, lettuce lasts about seven to ten days.

However, the shelf life of a particular head of lettuce will depend on the type and variety.

Crisphead varieties tend to have shorter storage times than leafy varieties such as Boston or Bibb lettuces.

The age of the product also makes a difference in how long it can be stored for with older heads often having less time before they spoil.

You’ll want to keep it cold (but not frozen) when storing it at home, too.

Refrigerating will extend its freshness by slowing down the rate of respiration (the conversion of oxygen into carbon dioxide) and reducing moisture loss.

To ensure that the lettuce lasts longer than a week, though, wrap it loosely in paper towels and put it inside an airtight container or plastic bag before storing.

Can You Freeze Lettuce?

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Lettuce does not freeze well.

It will get mushy when thawed and may even grow mold.

If you do want to try freezing lettuce, be sure to cut it into small pieces prior.

This way, the vegetable should come out better after being frozen and allowed time for defrosting.

If you choose to freeze lettuce, it is best placed in a freezer container or heavy-duty zip lock bag.

Be sure to remove as much air from the package as possible and then seal.

You may also place an ice pack inside with the lettuce for optimal freezing conditions.

Once frozen, be sure not to refreeze any leftovers that have been thawed out already.

How to Tell if Lettuce is Bad?

how to tell if lettuce is bad

Some people may not be aware that lettuce can go bad.

Lettuce is harvested from the ground, so it has a limited shelf life.

There are three ways to tell if your lettuce is bad:

If the leaves have an off odor, color, or texture, they are probably unsuitable for consumption.

If you’ve noticed that there’s been some mold growth on them, then they’re not safe.

Another sign of spoilage may be brown spots between the leaves and tearing around these brown areas when touched gently with one finger.

And lastly, if the stems end up softening and feeling slimy instead of crisp when you use your fingers to snap them, then they should not be eaten.

It would be best if you disposed of any lettuce that you suspect is spoiled, and it’s best to discard all of the leaves to avoid getting sick.

how long does lettuce last

How Long Does Lettuce Last? Does Lettuce Go Bad?

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Shelf Life
Servings 1 Serving


  • Lettuce
  • Air-tight containers or Ziplock bags
  • Labels and markers


  • Read the guide thoroughly to learn how long it lasts.
  • Label your container with the content and date and keep track of how much you’re using!
  • Make sure to store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place (pantry or fridge).
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