Prepare jars of chopped lettuce that stay fresh and crisp for 9-12 days. Avoid the drudgery of making salad everyday. Makes it easy and convenient to eat healthy.
Did you know you can vacuum-seal cleaned and chopped lettuce into a Mason jar? You can. It will last anywhere from 7-10 days with no brown edges.
I realize this may not look like the layered salads inside a jar that most people have come to expect. This is a simpler and more sustainable version.
Fast food that's healthy?
Vacuum-packed lettuce is my healthy fast food. I can grab a jar of prepared lettuce out of the fridge as fast as I can grab a bag of chips. Add some dressing, a variety of seeds or nuts, and whatever leftovers, fruits or veggies I can find in the fridge. My lunch is ready!
It's an addiction...
After packing lettuce for over ten years, I'll admit to being addicted to these handy salads. This habit has been a huge help in controlling my weight. I'm not making any promises that it will work for you, but it might be worth a try.
Where to start:
See discussions about vacuum-sealing lettuce vs. using a plastic knife and other popular methods for keeping chopped lettuce fresh for a longer period of time.
If you need more information, read through the hundreds of comments. Beyond that, I'm only an email away. I can't wait to hear how it goes for you.
A discussion about adding additional vegetables to vacuum-packed salad in a jar
In a test comparing vacuum-packed cut lettuce with unsealed cut lettuce in a jar topped with a paper towel, I wanted to see which method, preserved cut lettuce the best and for the longest amount of time. You might be surprised at the results.
Trouble-shooting and suggestions for people having difficulty getting lids to seal when vacuum-packing Mason jars
If you’ve been wanting to try “Salad in a Jar” but don’t own a vacuum-pack machine, try this penny-pincher’s method before you invest. I included a video to show you how to do it.
I ran an experiment with Romaine lettuce to see if a plastic knife is a suitable substitute for vacuum-packing lettuce in glass jars
How to use a handheld, portable vacuum-pack machine to seal salad in a jar.
Factors to consider when buying a vacuum-pack machine to make salad in a jar
An experiment to prove that vacuum packed lettuce will stay fresh up to 2 weeks
Ways to dress up a basic salad–particularly suitable for office or situation without a refrigerator.