Do you eat bagged salad? They’re certainly convenient and somewhat costly (when compared to making your own.) What’s the best way to tell if you’re buying fresh salad? Once you buy it, how can you help it stay good?

3. The Salad Bag Breathes

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Bagged Salad

Bagged salads breathe so don’t rely on the flatness of a bag to test for freshness. Inside the bag, there is a unique “atmosphere” that includes a lower level of oxygen and more carbon dioxide and nitrogen than what is in the natural atmosphere. That combination of gases minimizes browning and spoilage.

2. “Best By” Dates

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Bagged Salad

Manufacturers package salad in both pillow bags and flat bags, so never rely on the flatness of a bag to test for freshness. Instead, use the “Best By” date. Salads are produced with around 16 code dates, so you can work backward to figure out when it was packed.

1. Best Bagged Salad Hacks

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Bagged Salad
  • Before sealing the bag, blow some air into it. The carbon dioxide from your breath works to minimize browning. (This works for fresh heads of lettuce and spinach as well.)
  • Throw in a dry paper towel to help absorb any moisture.
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