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How to Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh

Proper Storage Prevents Spoilage, Saving You Hundreds

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  • 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. - 12/30/2008 1:46:33 PM
  • A GREAT way to store herbs is in a plastic ziplock bag with a piece of paper towel in there with them. The towel soaks up the extra moisture that forms on the herbs. - 12/14/2008 3:19:58 PM
  • Thats why Im lucky my husband works in the produce department, he tells me how to keep all our fruits and vegetables fresh. - 12/14/2008 2:57:17 PM
  • Storing my herbs in a glass covered with a plastic bag caused them to wilt and mold. I lost all of them only 4 days after buying. I would not advise covering the herbs. - 11/20/2008 4:18:07 PM
  • great article!!! - 10/22/2008 5:59:12 PM
  • SHELLV777
    This was very helpful...I found many mistakes in how I am storing my fruits and veggies. Thanks for sharing! - 10/12/2008 12:17:24 AM
  • I printed the chart. It is really helpful when you bring stuff home from the store and need to now how to store it. Groceries are so expensive these days that it is a shame to waste any of them.

    Thank you for your help,

    - 9/26/2008 6:32:49 PM
  • 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 - 9/25/2008 7:05:33 AM
  • SPINNYBOO
    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

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