This may be old news to some of you, but a few weeks ago I came across a blog, Salad-in-a-Jar. This home cook discovered that she could chop, wash, spin dry, and keep romaine lettuce for lunch salads at work by vacuum sealing the cut lettuce in glass canning jars. I hate to make salad for one person, and decided to give it a try.
I just fixed a fresh, crisp salad for myself with lettuce that was prepared on Sept. 1 - each piece of lettuce was crisp, cold, and fresh - not one bit of slime, brown, or stale taste. I added fresh sliced English cucumber, carrots, celery, and red onion to the lettuce along with homemade honey vinaigrette - delicious!
Here are pics of the lettuce in the jars and again in my salad bowl:
My next experiment will involve sealing the cut, washed, and dried lettuce in a Food Saver canister. I can keep the canister in the fridge, then open it, pour out some lettuce in a bowl and re-seal the canister until the next time I want to make a salad. It takes less than 1 minute to vacuum seal the canister.
Here is a link to the blog I mentioned.
Here is a link that might be useful: Salad-in-a-Jar how to