salad in a jar... in a cooler?

Discussion in 'I Smell Something Cooking!' started by ac1oz, May 12, 2015.

  1. ac1oz

    ac1oz New Member

    Mar 18, 2015
    we eat a lot of salad

    but how do you keep salad crisp and tasty in a cooler (we dont have a fridge)

    i was thinking of making salad's in a jar (as i find it helps them stay longer in a fridge, probably would be the best option for a cooler as well - we dont include dressing in the jar).

    any tips to keep salad last longer while camping?
  2. Dubbya

    Dubbya Wherever you go, there you are...

    Aug 2, 2011
    Steinbach, MB
  3. ac1oz

    ac1oz New Member

    Mar 18, 2015
    they do take up more space, but if it means our salad will last past 2 days.. i will sacrifice the space!
  4. vjlarson

    vjlarson Active Member

    May 31, 2011
    How about using Tupperware instead of a glass jar to eliminate the chance of breakage? In either case, I use a mixture of kale and/or spinach as greens because they last longer than other greens. I use small grape tomatoes and not cut them up. I use veggies that stay crisp and "dry". (Carrots, celery, peppers etc.)
  5. AzCactusFlower

    AzCactusFlower New Member

    Jun 21, 2014
    I think the jar is a great idea as it will conduct cold well. I use romaine and spinach leaves. Have a separate jar for cut veggies with a lot of juice (tomatoes, peppers) with those on the bottom, add zucchini or cukes at the top. No cheese in the jar! Going to use jars on next trip, might try plastic to save on weight. Tight fitting lid is essential, I miss my seal a meal, it sealed mason jars.
  6. samh

    samh Campin'

    Jan 23, 2015
    Bozeman, MT
    Reading through this gets me to dreaming about sitting in a camp chair in the shade of a tree with a plate of greens freshly picked from our garden and topped with cucumber, sliced red cabbage, and shredded carrots, all perfectly chilled after a night in the cooler, and topped with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. Yum!

    If you're packing your cooler really full of stuff then a ziplock makes sense in order to save space but otherwise keeping the greens and veggies in a glass jar or tupperware works great. Leave the really wet items such as tomatoes, peppers, and dressing separate of course and add those in during meal prep.
  7. EK41

    EK41 Member

    Nov 5, 2010
    The last trip I went on I put a couple of paper towels on the bottom of a tuppperware than the green leaf lettuce on top of that. It stayed crispy for the three day trip and ate the last of it the night I got home. My thinking was the paper towels would prevent it from getting to cold and wilting. Seemed to work. Didn't do like the web link, I pulled the leaves off of the stem.
  8. BigRedTruck

    BigRedTruck Member

    Jan 23, 2011
    My DW has been storing her salad stuff in glass jars for years. She keeps them in a separate cooler. Salad stays crisp and fresh.
  9. tenttrailer

    tenttrailer Art & Joyce - Columbus, O

    Jul 18, 2013
    Thornville, OH
    we use 1 gal freezer bags for the lettuce leaving air in the bag. 1qt for peppers and other stuff for salads. Nice thing about bags is it can conform to available space in the small fridge.

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