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How To Keep Fruit And Veggies Fresh Longer

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We found a great tutorial on keeping fruit and veggies fresh longer. The link is at the end, after our additional thoughts.



If you find yourself surrounded by a mountain of fruit and vegetables, you’ll want them to last as long as possible while you try to use them all up. It’s sad to know that many people tend to throw food away. If you want your produce to last longer, this post by Sparkpeople will teach you how to store them the right way.

Bananas contain ethylene. It is a colorless gas that speeds up the ripening process. I remember we once had a couple of bunches of unripe bananas on the counter and I placed one ripe banana in the middle. I left it there overnight and when I woke up, the bunches of bananas turned mostly yellow.

If you want your fruits to last longer, don’t store ones that can easily ripen together with the unripened ones. This makes it easier for you to gradually consume all of your produce. Unless you’re planning to make desserts out of them, then it’s okay.

When it comes to vegetables, you have to remove ties and rubber bands and you should also trim the leafy ends. It’s considered good to store them in bags that have holes so that there will be proper airflow – though with vegetables such as broccoli and kale, I have managed to keep them fresh longer by adding a little fresh water to the plastic bag that they are in, and keeping them in the fridge. It’s the same principle as keeping cut flowers fresh.

Pack them loosely in the refrigerator. The more compact they are, the quicker they’ll spoil. Green leafy vegetables should be washed thoroughly before storage (this makes sense because you will be washing away mold spores and other matter that can accelerate decomposition. Mushrooms and herbs shouldn’t be washed until right before the time that you use them for cooking.



Another great tip is to wash the produce in water with some apple cider vinegar added, then rinse. The vinegar has a natural disinfectant effect and many have testified that soft fruit such as raspberries will last longer when washed carefully this way.

Another way to help store fruits is to cut them up into pieces and make fresh fruit salads. Make your own fruit combinations and store them in plastic containers. You can then bring them together, add a little bit of honey and yogurt and you have something that you can eat for snacks. It’s a healthier alternative to sugary, unhealthy desserts!

If you’re going to the grocery store to buy some food, it is a very good idea to plan your meals for the week. This can save you from buying too much stuff, or from additional trips into town.

Ok, here’s the link to the full tutorial: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1103


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7 Comments

  • By alicia o.dominguez, December 20, 2013 @ 6:36 am

    you can wrap green leafy vegetables with news papers

  • By Jules De Vera, December 25, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

    Alicia O Dominguez, it’s not a good idea to use newspapers to wrap veggies because the ink used in the printing can be toxic. Reuse paper shopping bags instead for as long as there is nothing printed like advertisements or the like.

  • By Rebecca, January 31, 2014 @ 10:58 pm

    hi- do you have any tips on how to keep waterbased fruit (like watermelon) from over-ripening too quickly after it’s been cut? The fruit on the bottom of the container after I cut it always goes bad quicker because it’s sitting in it’s juices.

    Thanks for the help!

  • By Laura, February 19, 2014 @ 2:25 am

    I have discovered you can freeze watermelon at its peek and enjoy it frozen. I love sucking on frozen grapes or watermelon. Also if you put a correle ware plate or something upside down in the plastic container before you add the watermelon the fruit will not sit in the juice.

  • By Alice, April 16, 2014 @ 1:46 am

    I find dat we cannot keep green leafy vegetables fresh in d fridge if they r wet. I always dry n then wrap them up before keeping them in d fridge.

  • By william toh, May 13, 2014 @ 10:08 am

    Poke a few holes on a plastic Green bag together with a moist paper towel, make sure the plastic bag are green bag. It will store your vegetables longer.

  • By vidya, May 14, 2014 @ 5:08 am

    It very useful information, we like to be in this for ever.

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