Food Storage - How long can you keep...


Blue Arrow
Blue Arrow
1 week



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

Sources: For details about data sources used for food storage information, please click here

Today's Tips