Let me count the ways!
going to the farm each week is a blessing but when Abby gives you 10 heads of lettuce larger than a 2 year old what do you do? You can only eat so many salads before your "just over it".
We have been sharing ways to preserve your overflow of bounty for the winter. Yet, so far, we have left out the most important one....
How to Preserve and Freeze Lettuce
1. We Harvest your lettuce in the morning, before the heat of the day for maximum flavor and less bitterness.
2. When you get home, Thoroughly wash the lettuce- to do this I fill a big bowl with water and agitate the lettuce with my hands. Don’t overcrowd the bowl, or the dirt from the lettuce won’t fall to the bottom.
3. Dry the lettuce: you can either use a salad spinner, simply lay the leaves out on towels on the counter for a bit, or invert a mixing bowl over a colander and shake the water out; they don’t need to be as dry as if you were going to use them in a salad.
4. Stuff the jar of your blender (I used a Vitamix) to the top with lettuce and turn it on full blast. I had to use the plunger to get it down to the blade at first, but then it took off! Stop every 20-30 seconds to add more lettuce, and go ahead and keep adding lettuce until your blender is nearly full of the pulpy, green mixture.
5. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze. Store the frozen cubes in a zip-top freezer bag. (Silicone cub trays are the best but standard work well also)
What Does One Do with Frozen Lettuce Cubes, You Ask?
They are little power houses of nutrition- so throw them into smoothies, or even add them to soups, sauces and casseroles. A couple cubes tossed into a pot of chili would be undetectable!
We have been doing this for years with what we know we can't eat in one week. Most of all at the end of the season we do this with surpluss. What a wonderful way to use your CSA all winter long.