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:
- Corn – Keep sealed in the husk and airtight bag
- Green Onions
What tips do you have to keep your produce fresh?