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How to Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh

Proper Storage Prevents Spoilage, Saving You Hundreds


    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 $$$$$.
    - 9/10/2008 1:11:09 AM
  • 25%GONE
    very helpful thanks! - 9/6/2008 10:38:27 PM
  • 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. - 8/18/2008 9:26:55 PM
  • 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.

    GREAT article!! - 7/30/2008 5:13:05 PM
  • TONE102
    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. - 7/29/2008 4:46:21 PM
  • My mother-in-law told me to keep potatoes in a paper bag in the fridge. I tried it and they last at least a week longer then on the counter. - 7/28/2008 9:16:10 PM
  • I through out so much food and although it goes to the chickens. Still feel especially now with costs getting so high it is such a waste, Alos, who can go to the grocery store every couple of days. I don't have the time, discipline or inclination to do it. I have been wondering myself if green bags were worth the money. It seems prople think they are a good investment. I also wondered what the black means as there was no indication on the chart. This is a great article for those of us incorparating fresh fruits and veggies into our way of life. - 7/21/2008 6:52:02 AM
    This little guide is awesome! I learned that I've been storing some of my produce wrong... no wonder it spoiled so fast! LOL I'm going to print it out and hang it on the fridge as a reminder. - 7/17/2008 11:05:27 PM
  • I agree, the green bags work well. I especailly like them for bananas and bagged salads. Because of these bags, I'm eating more fresh fruit . - 7/16/2008 2:57:43 PM
  • hi, i have recenlty entered into the house managing married in november i was looking for all this information. Now i woul be able to purchase more...
    could you tell me what to do with black coded stuff life cabbage? - 7/14/2008 5:32:59 AM
  • RJD413
    OMG...this is exactly what I have been looking for. Now I don't have to come home and search for "how to store X" every time I come home from the grocery store. Thanks SP! - 6/25/2008 8:46:46 AM
  • Great information ladies. Thanks for all the helpful tips. I will be using your suggestions for keeping my fruits and veggies fresh longer Have a Spark Day!! - 6/20/2008 12:28:29 PM
  • I have found that wrapping celery in tin foil keeps it fresh longer. This was a tip from Martha Stewart. I tried it and was really surprised that it worked so well. I believe it doubled the life of my celery. - 6/6/2008 10:10:26 AM
  • I keep meaning to buy the "Green Bags" so this article really helped! - 5/30/2008 5:07:44 PM
  • Green Bags work!! And you can find them at Wal-mart. I use them especially for my baby spinach and pre-cut lettuce. Before I would never get through the whole baby of spinach before having to throw out half the bag. Now I eat the whole bag and every time I do they taste just as fresh as the day I opened the bag. It is a miracle! And a HUGE money saver. You get back the price you pay for the bags ten times over! - 5/27/2008 4:35:03 PM

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