The best part? You don’t even need a knife.
With quarantine continuing on (and on, and on…) TikTok is going strong with cooking hacks and recipes. And it’s hard to tell which Internet hacks are lifesavers and which Internet hacks just don’t work. But TikTok user @nutritionbabe posted a video that shows us how to cut lettuce in one second.
How to cut lettuce, according to TikTok
It’s super easy! You don’t even need a knife. You grab a bunch of romaine lettuce (or iceberg lettuce), hold it above the counter, and slam it down with some force. Voila! You’ve got a bunch of ready-to-use leaves for summer salads or wraps!
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How does this work?
Romaine lettuce is gathered around a hard core. This core usually needs to be carefully cut out, but that can leave the edges ragged and takes more time. This technique uses pressure to break the edges of the leaves from the core and projects it into the head. All you have to do after that is toss the core and use your lettuce. I know what you’re thinking: yet another kitchen hack you wish you knew sooner.
How to use and store lettuce
The next step, of course, is to wash your greens. Once that’s done, it’s time to use that lettuce.
The best way to store your leftover lettuce fresh is by spinning the leaves dry and slipping them into a lettuce keeper or airtight container in the fridge. If you’re looking to keep your leaves around for a bit longer, you can store romaine lettuce in the freezer, too, just one of the things you didn’t know you could store in the freezer.