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L.A. Times Test Kitchen tips: Refreshing lettuces and herbs

July 6, 2011 |  6:00 am


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.

If you have any kitchen tips or questions you'd like me to explore, leave a comment below or shoot me an email at noelle.carter@latimes.com.

-- Noelle Carter

Photo: Seasonal lettuces include Lollo Rosso, Perella and Vulcan leaf lettuce.Credit: Eric Boyd / Los Angeles Times.