I was looking for something like this and purchased some Debbie Myer bags yesterday at Bed,Bath&Beyond for $9.99. I think they used to be called Evercare and Debbie Myers bought them. I also purchased for about the same price, this container from Container Store that supposedly keeps fruit/produce fresh. We'll see. Hopefully, they both work - I don't want to throw away food. Also, I would like to get the actual chart and print it out to put on my fridge. Does anyone have this?
My problem is with radishes and cucumbers....I cut them up right away when I get home so that I will eat them on a regular basis. If they are not eaten within a 2-3 days, they tend to spoil. Does anyone have any tips about how to store cut up veggies?
I too have the Debbie Meyers green bags and they do work! They absorb the dreaded ethylene gas. I also buy organic whenever possible, and local in the summer ... there's not much local produce in the winter in Wisconsin! Organic bananas sitting on my counter next to regular bananas after a week were still good to eat, the regular ones were not. I think this is because the non organic ones are actually sprayed with ethylene gas to hasten ripening ... which it of course does, making them not last as long as if left to their own! Next test is a regular versus organic banana in the green bag ... of course, after my little tests, the over ripe bananas don't go to waste, they're perfect for banana bread, muffins or cake!
What works for me is a sheet of paper pinned to the fridge and a pen nearby.
Everything I put in the fridge gets written down, everything I eat up is crossed out. It's a lot less work than it sounds, and I always know what's in the fridge and what's oldest (the stuff on top of the list).
I read this tip a long time ago, and it works. I dump out my blueberries and my strawberries on to a paper towel, then return them to the plastic container they come in, close the lid and refridgerate. they last much longer wrapped in a paper towel.
My problem is that my cat gets into anything I leave on the counter. I have woken up in the morning to find (on the floor and under the table) pieces of tomato, potato, apple... you name it, even a bowl of cherries left on top of the fridge got raided. I put my tomatoes and potatoes into baskets in the lazy susan, and put the apples and bananas near the onions (she doesn't like the onions!) on the counter. That seems to be working for the time being. Oh, and all bread products are in the cabinet too, after one too many loaves got chewed up. At least the cat make me keep my kitchen clean!
So, I noticed it said to store cucumbers and peppers on the counter and not in the refrigerator. What if they have been cut into, like there is only half a pepper or half a cucumber, do you still store it outside of the refrigerator??
I discovered Debbie Myers' "Green Bags" and I haven't had to throw out any produce or fruit since I've been using them! They're great and you can use them either in the fridge or the countertop. They keep everything fresher at least twice as long as without the bags!
I wonder if it's actually bad to store things like peppers and garlic in the fridge, or if it just doesn't matter - I have more room in my fridge than I do on my countertops! I've also seen these green bags that help absorb the ethylene gas that the "purple" fruits and veggies give off. I haven't tried them, but it sounds like a great idea.
Thanks for this information! I also agree that local produce lasts SOOO MUCH longer. We have several great farmers markets here in Austin and I try to go at least every other week.
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I have found that the best way to get produce that REALLY lasts is to buy locally (and organic if possible) - my produce lasts 2x as long as what you list here, whether it's refrigerated or not. (Of course it's often gone way before then!) Makes you realize how long produce spends in transit, doesn't it?!? I also find that leaving fruit out until it is ripe, then refrigerating it immediately makes for MUCH tastier snacking.
To keep bell peppers longer (and have them ready to eat), when you get home from the store, wash & thoroughly dry them, then wrap them in a paper towel & then place them in a plastic back, store in the veggie drawer - keeps for weeks.
Do the same for lettuce & tomato, except don't pre-wash, they absorb too much water. Just wrap in paper towel before placing in plastic bag.
The paper towel helps to absorb the moisture, allowing your veggies to keep longer.
For strawberries: I love strawberries, but used to hate buying them. Unless I ate the whole basket within 2 days, I was throwing them away. Then I read that you can't layer them, so to keep them a few days longer, I layer them with a piece of paper towel in between (usually 2 or 3 layers of each in one store basket container). They now keep a few days longer.
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