L.A. Times Test Kitchen tips: Refreshing lettuces and herbs
Ever open up the fridge to find your lettuces or herbs are looking a little... tired? Shock them in an ice bath to perk them up.
Place the lettuces or herbs in a large bowl of ice water (or if you're working with a lot of lettuce, fill your clean kitchen sink with ice water), and shake the greens around a bit to perk them up. A minute or two should do the trick. A quick toss in an ice bath can also help to clean the greens, dislodging bits of dirt.
After a quick bath, dry off the greens and they'll be ready for their close-up.
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-- Noelle Carter
Photo: Seasonal lettuces include Lollo Rosso, Perella and Vulcan leaf lettuce.Credit: Eric Boyd / Los Angeles Times.