How best to store lettuce

Dear Heloise: I buy a head of lettuce, and two days later it turns black. — Sue in Canton, Ohio

Sue, are you talking about iceberg lettuce in the bag from the store? If so, take it back!

In general, you should not wash lettuce, then store it for long periods of time. It’s best to “rinse” and dry lettuce just before using it. You can “wash” and dry well, then store in an airtight container or zipper-top bag to use in a day or so, and the lettuce will be fine. — Heloise

Silverware in the dishwasher

Dear Heloise: Here’s a hint I haven’t seen before in your column: When I load silverware into the dishwasher, I separate it. I put forks with forks, spoons with other spoons, and so on. This makes it so much easier and faster when putting them away. — Heidi G., via email

Well, sorry to say, it’s best not to do this. If the utensils “nestle” together, they may not get really clean. The other term is “spooning,” as in two spoons nestled together. Just jumble them up! They get clean, and it’s only a few more seconds of your time. — Heloise

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