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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

LETTUCE, ROMAINE OR COS — FRESH, RAW

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  • How long does romaine lettuce last in the fridge? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions — after purchasing, keep romaine lettuce refrigerated at all times.
  • How long can romaine lettuce be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; romaine lettuce should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • To maximize the shelf life of romaine lettuce, refrigerate in a loosely closed plastic bag and do not wash the romaine lettuce until ready to eat.
  • How long does romaine lettuce last in the refrigerator? Properly stored, romaine lettuce will usually keep well for about 1 week in the fridge.
  • Do you need to wash a head of romaine lettuce before eating it? Yes, romaine lettuce should be thoroughly washed in running water before eating.
  • Can you freeze romaine lettuce? Romaine lettuce does not freeze well and freezing is not recommended: romaine lettuce is high in moisture, which turns to ice when frozen, causing a mushy, wilted texture when thawed.
  • How to tell if romaine lettuce is bad or spoiled? Romaine lettuce that is spoiling will typically become slimy and mushy and its color will deteriorate; discard romaine lettuce if it has an off smell or appearance.

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