I love it when a friend asks me a question about any kind of food storage. This friend asked me if I had seen or heard of “canning-but not really canning” lettuce. She explained that I needed to chop my lettuce (I chopped mine with my Zyliss Lettuce Knife). I also needed to use a lettuce spinner to clean and drain all the water out of the lettuce leaves. I purchased one of those big bags of Romaine lettuce from Costco that has about 6 to 7 heads in it. I washed some wide mouth quart mason jars including the lids and rings. I used a red wide mouth funnel to push the lettuce down into the jars. I put the lids on each jar and attached the FoodSaver Wide-Mouth Jar Sealer and pushed it down onto the lid/jar. I then attached the Tilia Foodsaver Accessory Hose to the Food Saver sealer and attached it to the Vacuum Sealer appliance.
I clicked the sides and pushed the on button to remove the air. It actually made the “lids” have a slight concave look. The lids do not look exactly like the canning jars after we hear that wonderful “pop” when we can peaches, pears, etc. It is my understanding that we can reuse these canning lids if we lift them off carefully. I would say we are “sealing” and removing air but not canning.
We still need to refrigerate the lettuce. And it doesn’t store forever, but it does store a lot longer than if I cut up the lettuce and put it in a baggie. The reason I wanted to try this project is because I want to save time each day. I want to “can” 7 quart jars on Saturday and have seven “salads” ready for dinner the following week. I will just add some tomatoes, avacado, cucumbers, etc. I just love short cuts!!