The Basics: Iceberg Lettuce


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Iceberg Lettuce

Iceberg lettuce, also known as crisphead lettuce, is a cool weather crop grown in bulb-like spheres. It adds wonderful texture to salads & sandwiches with somewhat of a neutral taste. Iceberg lettuce can be the basic foundation for a variety of simple combinations & pairs well with creamy additions such as Buttermilk-Blue Cheese Dressing & Creamy Lemon-Feta Dressing to more oil & vinegar based classics including Honey-Lemon VinaigretteRed Wine-Dijon Vinaigrette. Iceberg lettuce is comprised of a good bit of water & offers low nutritional value but it’s more than likely prized as being the most popular lettuce choice in the United States due to it’s undeniable crisp texture. The pale green coloration of the leaves are a signature addition to many classic burgers. Learn how to clean & store this lovely lettuce that may be used for a variety of meal solutions.

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How To Core, Clean & Store Iceberg Lettuce

Iceberg lettuce should be cleaned properly before use. It’s important to remove as much water from it after the procedure in order to ensure it maintains it’s wonderfully crunchy texture. Store in the vegetable crisper until ready use in Classic Cobb Salads, BLT’s & Club sandwiches.
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Remove a few of the outer leaves & discard them. Place the lettuce core side down a few inches over the countertop, then give it a good whack onto the surface. Turn the lettuce over & gently pry the core portion from the center. Next, place the lettuce core side up under cool running water. Then, turn it core side down & allow as much of the water to release as possible. Give it several good shakes to ensure that indeed is the case. Wrap the entire head of lettuce well in paper towels, then give it a few additional shakes to aide in releasing the water further. Discard the damp paper towels. The lettuce is now clean & ready to use or it may be wrapped in dry paper towels, then stored up to a week in the refrigerator.

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