My mother had strongly recommended green bags. They are one of those "as seen on TV" products and I was unsure if they would work. She found some at Bed Bath and Beyond for around $10 and she loved them. I went and got some and now I would swear by them as well. My produce truly does stay fresher for longer periods of time. The only thing I would not reccomend to put in them is bananas.
Great article! I also wrap celery in foil; however, I learned that tip from my late mother in-law about 30 yrs ago. My biggest challenge is in readjusting my food buying as an empty nester =-0 Kath
9/10/2008 1:11:09 AM
Green bags don't really work, in my honest opinion ... especially if you live in a place where it is HUMID! I have had so much food ROT in green bags I finally gave up. (it probably depends on the make of them --- like people, not all bags are made equally!)
One thing that makes me waste less is as soon as I get home from the store I cut the veggies I am going to use as "nibbles/snacks" into the right sizes IMMEDIATELY.
For HEAD LETTUCE lettuce, remove the core (whack it on the counter and it will pull right out, pour about 1/4 - 1/2 of a cup of water into where you removed the core and then store in a lettuce crisper which does not let the head of lettuce touch the bottom... lettuc crispers are available everywhere from Walmart for little, and Tupperware for $$$$$.
I found the best way to store leafy vegetables is to wash and pat dry, then wrap them in unbleached muslin. Stays crisp for a long period of time. I do my beans the same way and it works pretty well for them too.
Broccoli can be stored the same as fresh herbs, cut the stem and place is in water (like flowers) in the fridge. Sometimes I have vases with herbs right on the table for use while cooking - and they are pretty and smell nice.
7/29/2008 4:46:21 PM
Am I to assume the ones that are to be stored on the countertop should be stored in the fridge once cut? My problem is that in this apt there is such a SMALL fridge with 2 very small bins and with me being vegetarian and an Iguana and a bird both veggies themselves, there is a lot of wasted produce.
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