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Save money on lettuce and make it more thrift friendly by keeping it as fresh as possible so it will last a long time.  Always store it in the crisper compartment of your refrigerator.

If it turns limp, remove the outer leaves.  Submerge the head of lettuce in a bowl of ice water with a teaspoon of lemon juice for one minute. Wipe dry with paper towels and return to the refrigerator.

If you do this with romaine lettuce, you can also put paper towels between the leaves when you return it to the crisper to absorb moisture. 


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Frugal footnotes:

Here are some recipes that make good use of lettuce.


Taco Salad


1 2/3  pounds hamburger
1 onion, sliced
1 can tomato sauce
1 package taco seasoning mix
1 can red beans
Doritos, crushed
1 small head of lettuce, shredded
Longhorn cheese, shredded
2 tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup chopped black olives

Brown the hamburger with the onion.  Remove any grease.  Add the tomato sauce and taco seasoning mix and simmer 10 minutes.  Gently stir in the red beans and simmer until mixture is hot.

Put the crushed Doritos on a plate.  Top with the hamburger mix.  Then add the cheese and finish by topping with the tomatoes and olives.


7 Layer Salad


1 head of lettuce, shredded
1/2 cup green onions, sliced,  tops and bottoms
1 small package frozen peas
6 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 package bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1 cup green pepper, chopped
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup mayonnaise or Ranch Dressing
salt and pepper to taste

Put the ingredients in a bowl, layering approx. 1/3 of each item at a time.  Mix, chill, and serve.








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