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How Can You Keep Salad Fresh For Longer?

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There’s nothing worse than going to the fridge to prepare a delicious, crisp, fresh salad, only to find that all your lovely fruit and veg has turned slimy and soggy. Even when you pre-prepare a salad the night before work, often by the time you come to eat your lunch it has developed a different taste and texture. But why is this, and what can you do to keep salad fresh for longer? We’ve found a number of great tips that you can try at home to keep your fruit and vegetables edible.

There are a few important things that you need to remember when storing fresh salad:

  • Keep in airtight containers;
  • Wash thoroughly before using;
  • Keep away from moisture;
  • Do not freeze!

How To Keep Salad Fresh For Lunch

Moisture tends to be the death of fresh fruit and vegetables, as it causes them to become soggy and begin to rot very quickly. If you notice that your fruit and vegetables begin to look wet and slimy, do not eat them – throw straight into your compost! The key to keeping your pre-prepared salad tasting as good as it can is to keep the components separate until the last minute, as this stops the moisture from each ingredient seeping into each other and speeding up the spoiling process. We advise that you pack your leaves into one tub, your meat or other toppings into another and then your salad dressing in a separate bottle that you can sprinkle over your lunch just before eating.

How To Store Salad At Home

Airtight containers are absolutely essential to maintaining a stable atmosphere around your salad, as it can easily spoil if it is too humid, or not humid enough! For optimal storage, it is recommended that you place a wad of paper towels at the bottom of a plastic tub, place your salad on top of it, seal with an airtight lid and then place in the fridge. This ensures that any moisture that seeps from the food is instantly soaked up by the absorbent paper, keeping the food itself less likely to rot as quickly. This method can make your leafy greens last up to 10 days! Just make sure that you wash both the container and your salad before you put them in the fridge.

You shouldn’t store fresh vegetables in the freezer, as the water within the food will expand and therefore burst the cells of the plant, meaning that it will be limp and soggy when you come to thaw it out. Obviously the pre-frozen vegetables that you can buy from the supermarket have been processed in a way to ensure that this will not happen and are safe to keeping storing in your freezer.

Keep Salad Fresh In Our Brand New Plastic Salad Tubs!

We have recently added three new tubs to our Plastic Salad And Ice-Cream Tubs collection: the 1.2L Clear Rectangular Salad Tub, the 2.4L Clear Square Salad Tub and the 2.4L Natural Square Salad Tub.

They are all made from food-grade polypropylene plastic (PP), which is lightweight, durable, and suitable for a range of food products. The tubs each come with a tamper evident, press down lid in order to keep salad fresh and free from outside contamination. Once the lid has been pushed into place, the tamper evident seal needs to be broken in order to open it again. If you’re a company that is selling products to the mass market in these tubs, then this is such a great feature as it gives your end consumers the peace of mind that their food is safe and hasn’t been tampered with during transit. They’re perfect for storing your salads in!

We have no minimum order quantity and also offer further discounts per unit when you buy in larger quantities! Why not browse our entire salad tub range?

Like our new salad tubs? Then we think you’ll also like our new ice-cream containers!