Hold the head of lettuce with the stalk side up.
With the side your wrist, give a sharp whack to the base of the stalk!
By doing so, the leaves will separate from the stalk. Hold the stalk between your fingers and twist.
The central stalk is now removed.
Wet a paper towel with water and lightly squeeze out the excess. Stuff the gap in the lettuce from the removed stalk with this damp ball. Put the lettuce into a plastic bag and store in the fridge. Remove outer leaves and use as you need.
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Story Behind this Recipe
A professional chef taught me this method.
You may need several whacks for a heavy and tightly wrapped head of lettuce. Your hand may be painful if you whack it too hard, so be careful. When selecting lettuce, I recommend a light and loosely wrapped head to a heavy and tightly wrapped one for a much more delicious flavour.