How to remove lettuce core and keep it fresher for longer: Anita Birges on the ‘life hacks’ everyone should know

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A professional organiser has revealed the lettuce “life hacks” everyone should know about.

Anita Birges, from Sydney, shared a video on Instagram showing the simple tricks to remove the core in just seconds without using a knife and how to keep lettuce iceberg fresher for longer.

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“This is an oldie but a goodie,” she said.

“If you want to extend the life of your lettuce and make cutting up a salad a breeze, this is the hack you need to know.”

Anita Birges shared the simple tricks to remove the core in just seconds without using a knife and how to keep lettuce iceberg fresher for longer. Credit: Anita Birges

To remove the core, simply slam the lettuce head down quickly onto a hard surface like a chopping board.

The core would dislodge itself from the rest of the lettuce, making it easier to remove.

“This quite fun and satisfying,” the founder of Mise en Place said.

“I learned this trick back when I was a camp counsellor and had to make a salad for 350 kids.”

To keep lettuce fresher for longer and stop it wilting in your fridge, Anita said you just need to wrap it up in aluminum foil.

“Total game changer,” she said.

To remove the core, slam the lettuce head down onto a chopping board (left). To keep them fresh, wrap in foil (right).
To remove the core, slam the lettuce head down onto a chopping board (left). To keep them fresh, wrap in foil (right). Credit: Anita Birges

Her video has been viewed more than 42,000 times – with many saying they couldn’t wait to give the methods a go.

“Well I didn’t know that – I will definitely try next time,” one confessed.

Meanwhile, some shared their own lettuce tricks.

“You can also soak the leaves in the sink with a stainless steel knife to ‘freshen’ them up. No idea how that works but my mum does it,” one claimed.

While another insisted: “My grandma taught us to wrap it in newspaper and it lasts ages longer.”

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