How to Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh

Eating more fruits and vegetables is a requirement for every healthy eater. But when you buy more fresh produce, do yo end up throwing away more than you eat?

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Storing fresh produce is a little more complicated than you might think. If you want to prevent spoilage, certain foods shouldn't be stored together at all, while others that we commonly keep in the fridge should actually be left on the counter top. To keep your produce optimally fresh and cut down on food waste, use this guide.

Countertop Storage Tips

There's nothing as inviting as a big bowl of crisp apples on the kitchen counter. To keep those apples crisp and all countertop-stored produce fresh, store them out of direct sunlight, either directly on the countertop, in an uncovered bowl, or inside a perforated plastic bag.

Refrigerator Storage Tips

For produce that is best stored in the refrigerator, remember the following guidelines:

  • Keep produce in perforated plastic bags in the produce drawer of the refrigerator. to perforate bags, punch holes in the bag with a sharp object, spacing them about as far apart as the holes you see in supermarket apple bags.

  • Keep fruits and vegetables separate, in different drawers, because ethylene can build up in the fridge, causing spoilage.

  • When storing herbs (an interestingly, asparagus too), snip off the ends, store upright in a glass of water (like flowers in a vase) and cover with a plastic bag.

Food is expensive, and most people can't afford to waste it. Print this handy tips to print in your kitchen so you can refer to it after every shopping trip. :)