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After opening the package, place a dry paper towel in the bag or on top of the salad greens. The paper towel will absorb some of the moisture, noticeably extending the shelf-life of the leafy greens. Wash leafy greens before using, not before storing. If you wash leafy greens before storing, you can potentially promote bacterial growth and enhance spoilage. Store the greens in a refrigerator that is at or below 40°F for three to seven days.
Put salad greens directly into ice water for 5-10 min. Remove outer layers of lettuce heads to reach edible parts.
Hearty greens like kale or spinach can be blanched and then frozen for longer storage. Most greens should not be frozen.
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