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Old 05-02-2012, 05:27 PM
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Is there a way of keeping lettuce long term? I read that lettuce doesn't keep well even if canned. It's pretty much keep refrigerated and use as soon as possible. I have a bunch in my garden and would need a army of rabbits to eat it all.
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Lettuce is high on the list of "Most Perishable" once you pick it, the clock starts counting down. At near icy frozen conditions you have 1-1/2 weeks and it breaks down continually from that point. If you have too much growing and can't give it away, let it "bolt" and go to seed. When it gets near Dried condition, you can bag it with a zip lock bag, tightened to catch the seeds or clip the seed cluster and let it hang to dry. You can still harvest some leaves from the plant. But when the plant goes to seed, some Varieties have Flavor issues.
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Yeah, I can get about two weeks out of it if I soak it in ice cold water directly after picking, and then spin dry thoroughly. I use a hole punch on a ziplock, fill with lettuce and store in the crisper.

I like to succession plant my greens throughout the Spring and Summer, (there are some good heat resistant varieties out there) and then plant a large fall planting, keep it covered with row cover when frost comes, and it can carry me into Jan., of course I'm in zone 7a, so your zone will make a difference.
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People are so used to having letttuce all year round they forget it's seasonal. Back in the day peoples' diets changed with the growing seasons. With the exception of meat and such.
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Just have some summer and winter lettuce seeds to hand. For winter lettuce, you will need to keep it undercover if you have frosts and snow, but it will live with low light levels - depending on how low your light levels are depends on when you need to sow.

I am 55 north and can pull fresh leaves year round, but my winter and early spring stuff is kept in a greenhouse bed. Enough light for it to tick over, it is up to you to stop it freezing.

Do not just think of salad leaves as lettuce - keep some beetroot from the year before, some chard and so on and bring them on early to get a good mix of leaves.

Young brassica make good saladings - just plant enough seeds so you do no mind losing some plants to salad, rather than aiming to grow a lot of cabbages.
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I plant a spring & fall crop so I can keep it on the place over half the year, same with spinach.
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I'm single so it's hard to eat healthy and not waste food, especially with fresh fruits and vegetables. One product I discovered that helps prolong freshness is Green Bags. I actually just ate a salad earlier this evening with some romaine that I bought at least seven or maybe eight days ago. The lettuce was still crisp.

Not super long term storage by any means, but they do work for a week or two. And you can reuse them five or six times.

http://www.greenbags.com/
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Grow it year round on the sunny side of your home indoors.
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This woman stored dried lettuce and called it a spinach extender.

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wonder if you can make lettuce-kraut out of it?
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wonder if you can make lettuce-kraut out of it?

Although I have never personally tried lettuce, lacto-fermentation works with any vegetable.
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