Kitchen Tricks and Tips From Our Expert Cooks
As vegetables lose moisture, their cell walls start to sag. That’s what turns lettuce limp and carrots rubbery. Immersing them in water helps reverse the process. What to do: Fill a large bowl with cold water and ice, add the vegetables, and let them soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Dry thoroughly before using. This method works with fresh herbs and all sorts of vegetables (slice them first for maximum water absorption).