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How to Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh

Proper Storage Prevents Spoilage, Saving You Hundreds

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  • Excellent article. Thank you for the great information. - 9/11/2016 4:25:20 PM
  • Great article! Iv'e printed that little chart out and pinned to my fridge :) - 9/5/2016 7:02:15 PM
  • I only wish this worked for all of mine. If I leave tomatoes on the counter they turn black by 2 days. Same with bananas. In fact, most things will rot in my house. Potatoes usually start growing stems within a couple weeks. Apples have to go in the fridge or they will start getting sot and wrinkled. I always hear don't ever refrigerate a tomato or a couple other things, but I still do. I lose things to rotting even then.
    - 9/4/2016 12:07:20 AM
  • To reduce loss of fresh produce on shopping day, make Garbage Soup with the saved trimmings and no-longer fresh enough to serve raw veggies adding the ends of the bag frozen along with leftovers. - 8/15/2016 8:16:27 AM
  • I mean tomatoes. - 7/4/2016 11:42:35 PM
  • Did I miss tomotoes in this list? - 7/4/2016 11:42:11 PM
  • LIAZAE990
    So the ones under the refrigerator side do that have to be in a refrigerator or is there a way to store them without one? - 4/10/2016 2:02:40 AM
  • I used to keep al those things out of the fridge but since moving to Auckland which is humid and very warm nothing, except potatoes, keep if not kept in the fridge.

    No one eats watermelon unless it is straight out of the fridge.

    Would plastic storage boxes work instead of bags? - 2/15/2016 5:31:15 PM
  • SHARONSOWN
    Whoa! I've been putting EVERYTHING in the fridge! Good to know, and saves space.

    When I have things that do go bad, I throw it to the chickens. They eat everything, and I have the best looking chickens around!! - 2/4/2016 10:26:21 AM
  • Thanks for the info.! Really cool! I didn't see anything about tomatoes either, but with homegrown, I always keep them in the window until red ripe and then just on the counter away from direct sunlight. So when I buy them, I just store them on the counter too. And use asap. - 11/21/2015 11:58:35 AM
  • I printed this and put on fridge. Really helpful information - thank you!
    (tomatoes in blue, countertop with bananas - ethylene producers) - 10/30/2015 11:44:33 AM
  • MTRANCHWOMAN
    What about tomatoes? - 9/16/2015 10:04:22 AM
  • FROGSMILE
    Regarding basil: I agree that storing on the counter is correct, however, it should be stored in a glass of water, stems down. The water should be changed every three days. The basil may root. This method may get you well into the cool weather season. - 9/5/2015 6:27:37 AM
  • DIANNE_SOUTH
    I swear by those "Green Bags" that you put your produce in. They really work for keeping the produce fresh in the refrigerator for weeks. The only exception is for strawberries and mushrooms. With those, I place a paper towel in the bag with them to absorb any moisture. (Do not wash produce before putting them into the bags.) Still, the strawberries and mushrooms will last longer than in the original store packages. - 9/4/2015 12:50:14 AM
  • While I thought this informative I would have appreciated even more if it gave an idea of how long the produce could be expected to last. Thank you for the chart, that is very handy. - 9/2/2015 6:42:26 AM

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