Of all the things you may have tried to keep your salad greens from wilting in the fridge — patting dry, salad spinners, specially perforated bags — you probably never considered rolling them up in a bath towel.
Culinary tips and tricks blog The Kitchn shares a clever tip they gleaned from some salad-loving friends.
They prepare their greens by cutting them into bite-sized pieces, washing them en masse, and shaking off the excess water in a salad spinner. Then they spread the greens out on clean bath towels to air dry for a few hours.
When they're ready to store the greens (or they need their counters back), our friends simply roll the towels up with the greens inside. The rolls are secured with rubber bands and stored in the bottom shelf of their fridge. Each night, they unroll just enough greens for their salads the next day and then bundle them up again.
If the method sounds too crazy for you, you should definitely check out the comments on the original article at the link below. Lots of people use variations of the technique — readers suggest paper towels, t-shirts, linen tea towels and even folded tablecloths — with great success.
The key to the trick is keeping the greens cool and semi-moist but not damp. The towel keeps the moisture leeching from the greens from degrading the quality of the surrounding greens — as it would if they were all lumped together in a bag. Have your own trick for extending the life of salad greens and other produce? Let's hear about in the comments.
Best Way To Keep Greens Fresh? The Bath Towel Method [The Kitchn]