Marcy Carriker Smothers

Should You Sleep With Your Lettuce?

You probably don’t want to go nighty night with your romaine, but you may want to consider using a pillow case to ensure perfectly crisp lettuce every time.

My grandmother Germy was persnickety about her lettuce. Back in the day there were no pre-washed or pre-packaged salad mixes; I doubt that she would have used them anyway.

She took great pride in meticulously rinsing each leaf and air drying them on paper towels.

Then she would gently, and I mean gently because you don’t want to bruise the lettuce, place the leaves in a pillowcase. It has to be one hundred percent cotton because polyester absorbs water and that will lead to a soggy salad.

Lastly, Germy would carefully fold the top of the pillowcase and put the lettuce in the refrigerator to rest for several hours.

When creating a spectacular salad, this technique is just the tip of the iceberg.

Bad puns aside, you’re gonna seriously thank me when you bite into your crisp and crunchy lettuces of love.

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    Melly/Melody/or Mel
    February 10, 2010 at 5:23 am

    Holy Cow…my aunt in North Dakota used to do that!! We used to laugh about it..but it makes perfect sense now.

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    February 10, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Marcy, You taught how to make my lettuce so amazing. When you told me the story I thought?? But..I got home and tried it on some friends who came over for dinner and they just loved my lettuce. So you made me look like a "Star". When Macy's has bedding sales, I always go and buy 100% cotton pillow cases..Thank you again my friend for teaching me you family secret about preparing great lettuce!

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    February 12, 2010 at 11:49 pm

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    Rajesh &Shankari
    February 12, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    what a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing your family's tip & tricks

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