This post was original written a year ago, but with seasonal produce starting to come back into stores, I thought it was good to talk about Produce Storage Tips again.
Produce is expensive.
There is no way around it.
But with some planning and tools, produce can last longer and you can eliminate the dreaded “it went bad before we could eat it and now I feel wasteful” feeling.
Invest in Produce Saving Storage
My strawberries, blueberries, romaine and iceberg lettuce, and watermelon last at least 50% longer when stored in these containers vs. original packaging. And getting an extra week or so out of $.99 per pound fruits and veggies allows these storage containers to pay for themselves in a couple of grocery trips.
I own the Rubbermaid Containers for smaller size produce (blackberries) and the BIG Lock and Lock Storage Containers for organic salad and carrots from Costco.
Water is Your Enemy (If you are a fruit)
Putting water on any fresh fruit will speed up deterioration by 50 percent.
Do not wash a fruit until it will be eaten or used in a recipe. (Especially with berries and grapes.) Want to have fruit on-demand for the kiddos – then only prepare a small amount at a time.
Water is Your Friend (If you are a leafy green item)
On the other hand, lettuce, herbs, or green onions will last longer with a little water.
- Wrap stems of romaine lettuce in a wet paper towel and place in a resealable bag.
- Place a damp paper towel in the bottom of your lettuce produce saver.
- Place herbs or green onions root end first in a small glass with water and wrap with a plastic bag and rubber band to increase freshness.
Not all Fruits and Veggies Get Along
Certain fruits and veggies give off a gas that makes other fruits and veggies ripen faster.
- Apples are not friends with broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, greens or cauliflower. Apples release an ethylene gas which make these veggies spoil faster.
- Onions are not friends with potatoes because each one produces a gas that makes the other one spoil faster.
Luckily, we don’t have to remember all the tips and tricks to making our produce last longer because there are produce storage guides to help us out.
But making a small investment in produce keepers and following a few simple tips can help lengthen produce’s life a couple of days, if not a couple of weeks.