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Is lettuce OK if it is a little brown on the edges.

Asked by saint (3970 points ) September 26th, 2011

I feel like making a salad for dinner. I have some lettuce I got last week. It was in a zip bag, in the crisper. It is still crunchy, but a little brown on the edges. Other than being ugly, is it OK to eat?

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Gingerlaurie's avatar

Absolutely fine to eat, just trim. =)

Buttonstc's avatar

Just rip off the ugly parts and it’ll be fine.

john65pennington's avatar

No one will ever know, but you. Say goodbye to the brown and hello to your salad for the night.

Coloma's avatar

Yes, just rip off the brown parts, or send it over here, my geese will love it. haha

downtide's avatar

If you trim the brown bits off it will be fine but if the rest of the lettuce is in any way slimy, sling it.

Moegitto's avatar

Brown ON lettuce is good, BROWN lettuce is bad. I’m (was) a cook in the army, and one thing I learned is DON’T trim the brown with anything metal, just rip it off. I don’t know the science to it, but metal makes lettuce turn brown quick. Dumb the lettuce in a small ice bath (ice water) to make it REALLY crisp!

lillycoyote's avatar

@Moegitto Yes, you’re right, don’t cut lettuce with a metal knife, or, for you army cooks, a piece of shrapnel that’s lying around. :-) I think they do sell plastic knives for cutting lettuce but those always seemed silly to me, at least for someone not cooking for the multitudes. I just tear it. It’s pretty easy.

JTSTs2003's avatar

I’m the Food Safety & Quality admin at a processing plant that does fresh produce – rotten food is pretty interesting…lettuce can be brown & soggy…and still completely safe to eat, just disgusting. It’s when the little micro-organisms start growing is when you gotta watch out. & of course you dont know by looking at it, when that is other than mold…

But anyway, just rip off the brown parts & you’ll be fine. :)

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