How to keep cut vegetables and lettuce crisp for days

You go to the store and purchase salad makings with the best of intentions. Like the busy time-saver you are, you pre-chop your lettuce and your veggies so you can toss a healthy meal together on the go. But, a few days later your lettuce and veggies are mushy and gross. What gives?

A combination of natural gasses, moisture build up, and the act of chopping your veggies can speed of decomposition. But, with a few handy tricks you can make them last long enough to get your money’s worth!

1. Cucumbers:

THE SLOW ROASTED ITALIAN VIA EBAY

Cucumbers are tasty when they’re crispy. When they turn mushy … not so much. To keep cut cucumbers fresh longer, try this tip from The Slow Roasted Italian on Ebay: Cut your cucumbers into about 1/4-inch slices. Stack the slices in a sealable container. Then, place a folded paper towel on top of your cucumbers and put a lid on your container. Store your cucumbers upside down (so that the paper towel is on the bottom). The towel will soak up extra moisture.

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