Make Your Produce Last Longer
Often after loading up during our weekly trips to the supermarket we tend to forget about the veggies and fruits we had bought, only to find them limp in the crisper section days later. The good news is if you don’t always eat your fruits and veggies the same day you buy them, it won’t cause you to miss out on key nutrients.
Some studies have indicated that most produce maintains its antioxidants for several days on the kitchen counter or in the crisper. In fact, most fruits and veggies (with the exception of bananas and broccoli) will spoil before they start to lose antioxidants! Black grapes, strawberries, plums, cherries and peppers have especially good staying power.
Here are simple tips and tricks to keep your fresh fruits and veggies firm and juicy for as long as possible — and throw away less food.
Celery Use aluminum foil to wrap the stalks and store in the veggie bin in the fridge. It lets the gas that spoils your celery escape, rather than trapping it like plastic.
Leafy Greens Store them in an open container in the fridge. If you opt to leave the vegetables in the bag, poke holes in the plastic to let them breathe.
Bananas Wrap the stems of the bananas in cling film when you first buy them, and only snap one off when you’re ready to eat it. This should give you a couple extra days of perfectly ripe banana joy.
Oranges, Lemons, Limes Lengthen the lives of these citrus fruits by storing them in a mesh or perforated bag in the fridge. Alternatively you can store them in a cool, dark place up to a week.
Tomatoes Store on the counter, stem side down. Avoid the fridge; they’ll lose their flavour and texture. Plus don’t leave them in a plastic as they won’t last as long.
Carrots Place them in separate plastic baggies in the crisper in your fridge. Make sure they’re dry since moisture speeds up spoiling.
Pineapples Cut the leafy tops of your pineapple off and store it upside down to help it keep longer.
Berries Moisture causes mould, so don’t wash your berries until you’re ready to consume them.
Broccoli, Cauliflower Remove from the plastic bag and lightly wrap heads in paper towels. Store them stem side down in the fridge crisper drawer.
If you normally forget to use up your daily fruits and veggies if you put them in the crisper, then buy only what you need to avoid wastage. Go to the supermarket more frequently, or if that’s not possible, plan out your meals ahead of time so you only buy what you know you’ll use!