5 ways that you can use frozen lettuce
Has your fridge ever frozen your lettuce? If this has happened to you, know that you're not alone.
Unless you like your salads wilted and slimy, there are other ways to use lettuce that's been accidentally frozen that is perfectly safe to eat. So all hope isn't lost. Today I will share a few tips to show how you can still use frozen lettuce.
Things that you can use frozen lettuce in:
1). Frozen lettuce salad
Take a frozen head of iceberg lettuce, cut it into 4-6 edges while it's frozen, chop the core off, peel off the outside layers of lettuce leaves.
Place the frozen lettuce wedges on a platter. Then add bacon ranch dressing over the top of the frozen wedges and serve.
(I know that the recipe sounds weird, but it's really delicious and nice to eat on a hot summer's day.)
2). Storing frozen lettuce for stir-fry recipes
Slice the lettuce thinly and store the lettuce in Ziploc freezer bags, then place in the freezer. The lettuce can then be used in stir-fry recipes.
3). Dehydrate lettuce
Slice or dice the lettuce up and place it in a food dehydrator. When the lettuce is dehydrated, transfer it to an airtight container. Use the dehydrated lettuce as a garnish, use in stir-fried dishes, soups, and casseroles. Dehydrate the lettuce up to ten hours at 115 degrees F.
4). Use the biggest leaves for lettuce wraps
Use the larger lettuce leafs to make egg rolls, taco wraps, and healthier burritos.
5). Creamy lettuce soup
In a large stew pot add two cups of vegetable stock, one diced onion, three large peeled and diced potatoes, two cloves of minced garlic, two tablespoons of butter, one frozen head of chopped lettuce, two teaspoons of seasoning salt, two teaspoons of ground black pepper, and one tablespoon of basil. Stir well, place lid on and simmer on medium-low heat until all vegetables are fork tender.
Puree the soup with a hand blender. Then add one can of cream of mushroom and one can of cream of celery soup. Stir well, and simmer the soup for another ten minutes. Serve and enjoy.
Use the dehydrated lettuce in place of croutons. The crunchiness tastes great sprinkled on top of the fresh salads.
To rehydrate frozen lettuce, place it in water for about thirty minutes.
You can also use lettuce as a substitute for spinach in numerous recipes. It can also be cooked mixed with other leafy greens such as collard greens, mustard, and turnip greens.