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How to Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh

Proper Storage Prevents Spoilage, Saving You Hundreds

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  • This is a very useful article...I am always throwing out lettuce that gets wilted or brown too quickly! I am now trying to buy just what I need on hand - instead of stocking up the produce drawer with veggies. I would rather go to the store several times a week than throw food away! This article metions leaving cucumbers on the counter..really? I don't think i would do that...cucumbers need to be cool and crisp - at least that's how I like them! :)
  • The easiest way to figure out how to store fruits and vegetables is to look at how they kept are at the store. Stores have a vested interest in keeping their fruits and vegetables looking good - no one will buy them if they're mushy or browning. If it was cold when you bought it, put it in the fridge. This tip was given to me by my horticulture professor at UF and I have followed it ever since - takes all the guesswork out of storing fruit & veg!
  • Nice to have a handy at a glance chart.
  • This article was just what I was looking for. Thanks so much.
  • Does anyone know how to prevent fruit flies from gathering when fresh fruit is left out on the counter? I find bananas and grapes particularly difficult.
  • MCREWE
    Thanks for this. I will post it on my fridge tonight.
  • This is a very informative article. Thanks!
  • It seems the page is messed up...the ad's are over the artical and I cannot remove them
  • COACH_NICOLE
    Everything NOT color coded has no special storage instructions beyond location (fridge, countertop, etc)
  • FIRREWHISPER
    The items listed in black type How are they stored?
  • i would never have thought that storing certain vegetables or fruit together could speed the process of them going bad (over ripe)
  • THERE ARE OTHERS WHO HAVE POSTED THIS COMMENT ALSO; WHAT DO WE DO WITH ALL OF THE ITEMS THAT ARE LISTED ON THE CHART IN BLACK PRINT? YOU DIDN'T GIVE ANY SPECIFICATIONS FOR THIS COLOR IN THE ARTICLE INTRODUCTION. SOMEONE PLEASE POST AN APPROPRIATE ANSWER HERE! THANK YOU TO WHOMEVER HELPS HERE.ALSO, IN RESPONSE TO STORING HERBS IN A GLASS OF WATER IN THE FRIDGE. IT IS A BAD IDEA! I TOO, HAVE TRIED TO STORE VARIOUS HERBS THIS WAY. THEY ALL HAVE FIED A TERRIBLE SLIMY, BLACK & WITHERED UP DEATH WITHIN 2-4 DAYS. IT IS MUCH BETTER TO CLEAN/RINSE THEM IN A COLANDER. LET THOROUGHLY DRAIN. POUR ONTO PAPERTOWELS & LIGHTLY PAT DRY LAY OUT A DOUBLE LAYER OF Papertowels flat, put an even layer of herbs onto towels & gently roll/fold up so that the towel piece3 will fit into your ziploc bag. store in the veggie crisper until needed. they last forever this way as the towels absorb the moisture. change the towels out as they become damp.
  • LIF.LUF.LAF.
    Wow, I never realized I was storing my stuff wrong, and sure enough, it's been spoiling quickly. Hopefully this will help lots!
  • MADGIRL1
    I am so glad to learn how to store fruits and vegetables properly. I have always figured they all kinda went in the refridgerator. Thanks again!
  • I stored my iceburg lettuce in the blue recycling bags you get free from the store and it keeps my lettuce fresh for twice as long. I guess it's the cheaper version of the green bags.

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