Stay Fresh: Greens

On April 18, 2014

I was chatting with my mom over the weekend and she was saying how she always wants to buy all these beautiful greens but she just doesn’t know what to do with them.  She can cook like a pro, that’s not the problem.  She’s just worried that she’ll grab all this good stuff and then it will go bad before she can use it.

It’s a totally common problem.  I hear it from clients all the time.  They have the best of intentions, they buy all this beautiful produce and then life happens and half of it goes bad.

Over the years I’ve experimented a lot and figured out a bunch of ways to keep greens fresher for longer.  Here are my top tips:


1.  To chop, or not to chop.  

If you’re going to eat your greens within 1-3 days,  wash and cut them when you get home.  This will make thing much more convenient at meal time.  However, if you won’t get to them for 3+ days, leave them whole.  (Ha! “leave”.  Anyway…)

2. The Freshest

Store your greens in a large zip-lock bag, with an with a ever-so-slightly damp paper towel inside.  This works great with herbs like parsley and cilantro too.

3. Products

Some people like to use these green bags instead of a ziplock bag.  They are supposed to keep your produce fresh for mega long.  I haven’t used them, but if you need your greens to last over a week it’s worth a try!

4. Looking womp-womp?

Dunk them in an ice water bath to bring them back to life! They should crisp up again.  But if that doesn’t do it.  They’re definitely done.

5.  Work the scraps

When you break down your greens you might have some left over parts like the tough-to-chew stalks.  You can put them in the freezer and add them to vegetable stock, add them to a compost bin at your local farmers market or give them to your dog as a treat.  Yup, rumor has it kale stalks are great dog treats.


Have some other tips for keeping your greens fresh?  Share them below!

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