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freezing lettuce?

helen Feb 27, 2006 10:57 AM

I bought bagged salad mix the other day and in my absentmindedness tossed it into the freezer instead of the fridge. It kept! The lettuce is still bright green and looks good as new. Is this a common trick? Will it be wilty and gross once I unfreeze it?

  1. y
    yooj2 Oct 19, 2010 05:04 AM

    I did precisely the same - in a rush, bag in the freezer. Thawing now in the refrigerator. Expecting the wilted, soggy leaves which others have described. Maybe I'll salvage it by adding it to a stir-fry...

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      Jo Feb 27, 2006 11:00 AM

      Yep, it will wilt into a soggy mess when you thaw it. Since lettuce is mostly water, freezing it causes the cell structure to break down as the water inside expands. So unless you're going to put it into soup or braise it, it's pretty much done for.

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      1. re: Jo
        Aaron Feb 27, 2006 12:45 PM

        Frozen lettuce just doesn't work at all...unless you are using it to make stock, in which case the gross wiltedness won't matter.

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