Eating healthy means eating lots of fresh produce. Sadly fresh veggies and fruit don’t stay fresh for very long. Here are some easy tricks to give your groceries some extra shelf life.
1. Store delicate herbs like flowers.
Put them in a jar with water, cover them with plastic, secure it with a rubberband, and refrigerate. This keeps delicate herbs like parsley, basil, cilantro, and chives fresh the longest.
2. Use a vinegar solution to make your berries last longer.
Mix together one part vinegar (white or apple cider) and ten parts water. Soak the berries in the mixture, drain, rinse, and put them in the fridge. The solution is diluted enough that you won’t taste the vinegar. Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft.
3. One rotten apple can spoil the bunch.
It’s not just an old wives’ tale. When apples begin to decay, they emit ethelyne gas. If the rotting apple is mixed in with the good, the good apples start to absorb the gas and rot.
4. Don’t store onions with potatoes.
They spoil faster together. Instead store separate in a cool dry place with good air circulation, onions will last 2-3 months.
5. Store potatoes with apples.
The ethelyne gas produced by apples prevents potatoes from sprouting.
6. Put onions in pantyhose, and tie knots between each onion.
Onions stored in pantyhose will last as long as 8 months.
7. Wrap the crown of a bunch of bananas with plastic wrap.
They’ll keep for 3-5 days longer than usual. Bananas also produce more ethelyne gas than any other fruit, so keep them isolated on the counter.
8. Wrap celery, broccoli, and lettuce in tin foil before storing in the fridge.
It’ll stay crisp for 4 weeks or more.
9. Mason jars are your friend.
Produce will keep a few days longer if stored in a jar. Mason jars also provide a healthier and longer-lasting alternative to plastic tupperware, which deteriorates and stains easily.
10. Clean your fridge.
Once something goes bad in your fridge or cupboards, it leaves behind mold that's ready to eat up your new food. Disinfect the fridge, it’ll make everything last longer.
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