If brown, soggy lettuce is ruining your healthy lunches - it's time to try something new.

Lettuce is an extremely sensitive vegetable, one that only really tastes nice when it's super fresh, crispy and vibrantly green. Otherwise, it's quite simply rank. But, the nation's favourite leafy green is notorious for spoiling quickly, meaning the majority of what we buy ends up in the bin. To prevent food waste and keep your salads enjoyable (if that's not a complete oxymoron for you) there is a nifty trick that can keep your lettuce fresh for an entire fortnight; that's 14 full days of crunchy iceberg to munch on.

Nicole Keshishian, known as Kale Junkie online, is a cookbook author and content creator with a staggering 1.6 million followers on Instagram. She too understands the pain of lettuce 'dying' within a few days

"Unless you are only eating salads for days on end, then you know how hard finishing a full head of lettuce can be," she said. "But, lucky for us, now we have this hack, which makes extending the life of your lettuce simple and easy (and, not to mention: also cost-effective and more sustainable!)"

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Nicole starts by washing the lettuce and making sure it is then completely dried off. Then, cut the stem of your lettuce head and wrap the vegetable in a dry paper towel.

Place the wrapped lettuce in an open Ziplock bag and place in the fridge. Hopefully, the towel will absorb any excess moisture and keep the lettuce fresh for longer. Plus, storing the lettuce in a Ziplock bag prevents it from being affected by ethylene gas - which can make fresh produce expire quickly.

"The best part is, this hack works with all types of lettuce, making it a versatile hack to keep in your back pocket," the recipe creator added. She says using this method will keep the leaves fresh for weeks, making 'limp lettuce a thing of the past'.

Have you tried the storage hack? Let us know if it worked for you in the comments section below

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