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Keep your produce fresher, longer

Spring is here and summer is on the way! Do you know what that means? Farmers Markets and gardens will soon be blossoming and a plethora of fruits and vegetables will be available. I know I am guilty of buying a ton of fresh produce this time of year. The deals are too good to pass up and everything looks so inviting. However it’s easy to forget that you have a business dinner, girls’ night out and a date with the hottie from the coffee shop.

So now you have all these fresh goodies going bad in your fridge – what to do? Fear no more. Here are a few simple tricks to help keep your fruits and vegetables fresher longer:

  • Don’t store fruits and vegetables in the same crisper. They emit different gasses and can cause premature spoilage.
  • Don’t store onions and potatoes next to each other, as their gasses will also affect each other.
  • Strawberries are wonderful but can spoil quickly. Warm water to about 125 degrees F and soak them for 30 seconds. Drain and pat dry and but back in the container and return to fridge. This will keep them fresher longer.
  • Buy or make perforated plastic baggies. Take a damp paper towel and wrap it around your fresh herbs or asparagus, and then put them in bags.
  • Freeze your veggies. They will keep their nutrients and can easily be added to food when cooking.
  • Do not refrigerate potatoes. The cold will have them start sprouting. Store them in a cool dry place.
  • Water can damage some vegetables, so the following should be stored in the fridge, in a plastic bag. Wash only when ready to eat:
    • Broccoli
    • Carrots
    • Cauliflower
    • Corn – Keep sealed in the husk and airtight bag
    • Green Onions
    • Lettuce
    • Peas
    • Radishes

What tips do you have to keep your produce fresh?

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.