Posted on June 19 2017
Yes, you can vacuum seal lettuce. Typically, vacuum-sealed lettuce can last up to two weeks in the refrigerator, more than double its usual lifespan of three to six days! Start by cutting your lettuce however you would like. Then, thoroughly wash it and use a salad spinner to dry. For the best results, you may also want to blanch the lettuce before sealing. Once you have cleaned and dried the lettuce, you can seal it.
To keep from crushing it during the sealing process, we recommend sealing lettuce in vacuum canisters instead of bags. Our VacMaster canisters are available in two sizes, and are perfect for those who have VacMaster vacuum sealer machines with the Vacuum Hose attachment. To seal, add the lettuce to your VacMaster canister and attach the lid. Turn the knob on top until the arrow is pointing to “Vacuum.” Attach one end of the hose to the canister, and the other end to the accessory port on your machine. Run your machine according the instructions that came with it. Then, turn the knob on the canister to the “Lock” position, and remove the hose.
If your vacuum sealer machine does not have an accessory port or you do not have a machine, our Ankomn Savior vacuum seal containers are the solution. Simply add your lettuce, stick the lid on top, and give the knob a few twists. They are the easiest to use vacuum seal canisters on the market!
While it isn’t ideal, it is possible to seal lettuce in a vacuum sealer bag provided that your machine has a pulse setting or allows you to seal the bag without vacuuming all of the air out. In a sealed bag, lettuce will stay fresh longer than it would stored in an open container, though it won’t last as long as it would in a vacuum canister.
Now that you know how to seal lettuce, here’s another handy tip. You can make a large batch of your favorite salad recipe, and divide it into multiple canisters or bags to save for daily lunches! We recommend adding the dressing immediately before you eat the salad, as storing it in the container or bag will cause wilting. If you have a favorite salad recipe, let us know in the comments below!