If You See Red Stuff on Your Lettuce, This Is What It Is

Have you discovered red stuff on your lettuce? Here's what it is and why it's there in the first place.

I think summer is the best time for eating cold food. Bring me cool cucumber soup, pasta salad and watermelon pizza all day! When it comes to easy meals, though, I love good summer salads. It can be a hearty garden salad, a light Caesar salad or a protein-packed salad for dinner.

Whatever your preference, though, it’s best to start with fresh ingredients.

So what happens when you reach into the refrigerator and find that you have red stuff on your lettuce? Don’t chuck out the whole head! Just romaine calm, because it’s an easy problem to fix.

What are the red spots on lettuce?

It’s a fairly simple explanation, really. The reddish-brown stuff that appears on your lettuce, often near the root, is what most professional chefs refer to as “rust.” It’s a pretty apt name once you think about it. Your case of “rusty lettuce” is due to an excess of moisture during the storage process. I promise, it looks worse than it actually is. (This is how to wash and store lettuce to keep it fresh.)

Is rusty lettuce safe to eat?

Yes, the lettuce is still good, so there’s no need to waste it. It may look unappetizing, but the situation is easily salvageable. All you need to do is slice off the rusty red spots with a chef’s knife. Remember to hold the lettuce steady and cut away from your body with a sharp knife. You’ll have fresh-looking lettuce in no time at all!

Next, find out which foods you’re spoiling by putting in the refrigerator.

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