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Veggie Prep



No this isn't where I went to school!

It's how I make sure I always have fresh fruits and vegetables ready to use when I need them.

When I return from the store with fresh produce, I immediately draw a dishpan of lukewarm water with a tiny bit of dish soap in it. I trim off stems or brown spots, then I wash and rinse the produce, then dry in the drainer.

Then I wrap the items in a clean tea towel, place in a zipper bag and pop in the fridge.

They stay fresh for over a week!

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I learned this way of handling produce from my mom, who also put dampened clothes in the fridge in a bag to prepare them for ironing. It works well, but who irons anymore?

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    I do something similar, but I am curious what is a "tea towel" I use paper towels to wrap and cover my produce. - by DDBRENNE
  • This sounds similar to what my sister does. I must get around to trying it! - by AZURELITE
  • NANA717
    I've used paper towels before but not a tea towel, I'm going to try that! Thanks!! - by NANA717
    Somehow tea towel sounds "cleaner." I find that the fabric really works better than the paper towels. I'm with you on berries (raspberries and blueberries) but strawberries can be washed ahead of time if you lay them on a paper towel, just one layer thick, dry in a flat plastic container. Cheers to all in Maine with your wonderful blueberries! - by IMEATINGWELL
  • TEA towel is British. Dish towl in US. Probably other differnces elsewhere too. Pat in Maine, formerly UK.
    I also use the white paper towel. I never wash berries till prep time though.They stay better dry just pick them over do not hull strawberries. - by NORASPAT

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