I go to the grocery store and/or the farmers market (when in season) about once a week. I stock up on lots on fresh produce, but I always find myself tossing out part of what I bought because my husband and I simply don’t use it in time.
Instead of skimping on the amount of produce I buy, I decided to search for some ways to make fresh produce last longer. Here are a few tips I learned:
- Rinse your berries in vinegar - both white and apple cider will work.
- One rotten apple can spoil an entire batch of fruit, so as soon as you see something looking a little old be sure to toss it.
- Wrap the top of bananas with plastic wrap and they should keep 3-5 days longer. (I noticed that the organic bananas I buy already have the top wrapped in plastic!)
- Tomatoes do not belong in your fridge - they should be stored at room temperature.
- Chop up your chives and keep them in an old water bottle for extended freshness.
- Add a dab of butter to the cut side of cheese to prevent it from drying out. Also, be sure to wrap it in wax paper (not plastic) and then place it in a reusable baggie and store it in the warmest area of your fridge.
- Store asparagus like fresh cut flowers. You can use a small jar as a 'vase.'
- Store delicate herbs like flowers in a jar, then cover with plastic, secure plastic with a rubber-band and refrigerate.
- Wrap greens such as broccoli, lettuce, and celery in foil before putting them into your refrigerator.
- Spray leftover guacamole with cooking spray before putting it back in the fridge. Cover with plastic wrap.
- Mushrooms should never be stored in plastic. Instead, place them in a brown paper bag or a cardboard box.
- Store potatoes with apples to keep them from sprouting.
- Visit this article to learn how to store your peppers
There you have it - A few ways to keep your fresh produce last longer!
What tips do you have for keeping foods fresher longer?