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LETTUCE, COMMERCIALLY BAGGED AND PREWASHED SALAD MIX — UNOPENED BAG

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Tips
  • How long does an unopened bag of prewashed salad mix last in the fridge? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions —keep an unopened bag of prewashed salad mix refrigerated at all times.
  • How long can an unopened bag of prewashed salad mix be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; an unopened bag of prewashed salad mix should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • To maximize the shelf life of an unopened bag of prewashed salad mix, place package upright in the refrigerator and keep closed.
  • How long does an unopened bag of prewashed salad mix last in the refrigerator? Properly stored, an unopened bag of prewashed salad mix will usually keep well for about 7 to 10 days in the fridge (or the date on the package, if earlier).
  • Do you need to wash an opened bag of prewashed salad mix before eating it? No, it is not necessary to re-wash a prewashed salad mix; if you choose to re-wash the salad, be sure that it does not come in contact with unclean surfaces or utensils, in order to help to avoid cross contamination.
  • Can you freeze an unopened bag of prewashed salad mix? An unopened bag of prewashed salad mix does not freeze well and freezing is not recommended: an unopened bag of prewashed salad mix is high in moisture, which turns to ice when frozen, causing a mushy, wilted texture when thawed.
  • How to tell if an unopened bag of prewashed salad mix is bad or spoiled? An unopened bag of prewashed salad mix that is spoiling will typically become slimy and mushy and its color will deteriorate; discard an unopened bag of prewashed salad mix if it has an off smell or appearance.

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