We have all been there: modern refrigeration turning your hardy greens into lifeless rubber. Maybe you bought too much produce or forgot your precious kale was hiding behind the almond milk, but now they are in some serious need of CPR. Follow these quick and easy steps to instantly refresh those lifeless greens.
(This trick is for hearty leaves like kale, collard greens , chard and even broccoli. See ‘Other Tips’ below on refreshing delicate greens like spinach)
Step 1: Trim the brittle, dried-out ends
Even if you think the ends look fine, trim them. Fresh stems help the greens suck up moisture.
Step 2: Place the greens in a bowl of water
Room temperature water works best. The whole leaf can be submerged but as long as the stems are in the water, that is all that matters. Use a big bowl or fill a clean sink with water, makes no difference.
Step 3: Wait about 30 minutes
The longer you wait, the more water the greens will suck up. Let them sit on the counter and check back a few times till they are crisp again, could take up to two hours.
Step 4: Brush them off and enjoy
You won’t even recognize your brand new kale, they will look fresher than when you bought them!
This same trick works for delicate greens like spinach and romaine but the goal is to shock the leaves with cold water, and no need to trim the ends. Submerge limp lettuce leaves in cold water for no longer than a minute, dry off and enjoy.