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How to Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh

Proper Storage Prevents Spoilage, Saving You Hundreds

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  • BEERAB
    FINALLY a guide that makes sense! I can easily follow this vs. the ones that spend an hour explaining how my drawers work. I'm a scientist and the articles left me confused! haha! This is straightforward and makes perfect sense :) Then again I felt silly when I realized that tomatoes and cucumbers are put in the store at room temp, so why am I sticking them in the fridge? *doh!*
  • Any tips on how to download this chart to my phone?
  • Any tips on how to download this chart to my phone?
  • I think the chart is a great and useful guide...just use your own commonsense and if you havent used a "counter" item in a couple days. then put it in the fridge !!! BTW thanks for the printing tip, worked like a charm!!
  • MSROSE9
    I also have used the vinegar water wash for veggies and fruit , really works
  • LJDAVID
    In regard to berries, i just learned this year to wash ALL berries in 1part white vinegar and 9 parts cold water, then rinse in clear water. I haven't had a bad berry all Summer! It really works!
  • KENACKR
    Anne007,

    Many times like charts are inserted into articles as images. Try this approach: hover your mouse over the chart, right click the mouse and a list of actions should pop up. Choose "Open in new window" while you are still over the chart. That should pop up a new window with only the chart in it.

    The chart, in the new window, should show as larger than it was in the old window. At least it should be the only item in the window. Print that image for a suitable page that you can hang or tape anywhere you please!

    Ken
  • Once again I wonder about the sensibilities and knowledge of the people who write these articles. Who in the world except someone with a commercial sized kitchen has the counter space to store fruits and vegetables as described, or even has refrigerators with more than a single produce drawer? Get real please. Your credibility is at stake.
  • BIVIJI
    Very informative.thank you.
  • This is good info. I have a tendency not to use up the produce that purchase and I hate that so I want to try to do better about using it. Storage is apparently key.
  • JULIE700
    I now know why most all of my fruit rots within a few days. Great tips!
  • Most of the produce I buy comes in bags of frozen veggies (so no waste). but over the last few year I've invested in plastic air tight containers and they have saved me a ton of money. I keep each container with only it's own kind. Everything lasts much longer that way. Two of my staples...celery and carrots...I keep separately in tall plastic air tight containers that are classified as pasta boxes. Lasts for 2 weeks and stay like fresh bought
  • everytime i get bananas they go bad within a day or two. no matter what i do or where i get them they go bad by the next morning. what can i do different?
  • I don't waste one scrap of my veggies because anything that is about to go bad either gets frozen for soup or put into a smoothie. Any scraps that can't be re-used go into the compost bin & feed my organic gardens. No waste!
  • Not a Tupperware dealer (so no sales pitch . . . was roped into going to a party about 5 years ago)--but those veggie-keeper containers are AMAZING (expensive, but worth it). They seal tight but have two little buttons on the side for different degrees of ventilation. Before: carrots and celery would get limp; apples would shrivel, lettuce would wilt or turn to slime. Now I can literally keep things like those salad mixes for two WEEKS or more ....apples and carrots and mini-peppers and celery for a month--beautiful. For most, I don't even bother to separate--just toss all of the stuff in together. My big bin right now has satsuma oranges, peppers, brocolli, apples. One of my rectangle tubs has lettuce, carrots with leafy tops, cilantro, green onions. A smaller one: raspberries (a week!) Even better, the containers have a permanent list imprinted on the side for how to set the "buttons" for different types of fruit/veggies. I try and "group" like kinds together, but it isn't super-critical. Bottom line: I'm saving that $600 worth of produce now vs. tossing in the trash. Ha! Maybe I SHOULD sell Tupperware . . .

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