How to Make Produce Last Longer
Do you find that your produce goes bad quicker than you can use it? You’re definitely not alone. Here are some of the most effective ways that will help your produce last longer post-grocery shopping.
Don’t wash produce until you’re ready to use it
It can be tempting to want to wash all the dirt off of your produce as soon as you get it, but the truth is that it will last longer when you don’t. Wait until you’re ready to use it to wash it. This is especially true with greens, berries, tomatoes, and cruciferous vegetables.
Prep & store celery and carrots in water
If you want your carrots and celery to stay crisp, store them in a lidded jar (like a mason jar) with water. The water will help prevent them from oxidizing, getting soft and going bad.
Store washed greens with a paper towel
If you wash your greens to use them but end up with extra you need to store, store them with a paper towel around them. This will absorb the moisture to prevent them from wilting quicker than you get around to using them again.
Store in a paper bag
A paper bag absorbs moisture similar to that of paper towels. If you find that your mushrooms get soggy from the condensation in the refrigerator, store them rolled up in a brown paper bag. You can also store onions, garlic, and shallots in a paper bag with holes in it.
Keep Citrus in the Fridge
If you usually buy a lot of lemons, limes or oranges and find that they go moldy before you can use them all up, consider keeping them cool in the refrigerator.
Utilize the Freezer
You can freeze all kinds of fruits, vegetables and citrus. The trick here is to pre-cut them. For example, you will want to peel, cut and chop them before freezing, especially bananas and ginger.
Don’t let your money go to waste by poorly storing your produce. Use these tips to extend the shelf life of your fruits and vegetables even though some of these tips sound a bit strange! For more tips and tricks, follow us on Facebook or Instagram.