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How to Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh

Proper Storage Prevents Spoilage, Saving You Hundreds

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5/28/2011 5:12:54 PM

AZURE-SKY's SparkPage
Aside from bananas and unripe pineapple, I don't store any fruits on the counter. They go bad too fast. I also like to eat my fruit cold.

When strawberries & blueberries are in season, I stock up on them. I wash & slice the strawberries & freeze them on a cookie sheet in a single layer; then put them in freezer bags - great for quick desserts & smoothies. For blueberries, I wash & freeze the same way. If I need to berries fresh, I put the container in the green bags. They will stay up to 1 week in the fridge that way.

As for vegetables, I don't store any on the counter either. A cucumber will rot in a few days if left on the counter. If a tomato isn't ripe enough I'll leave it on the counter for a day or two only.

If you want accurate information on food storage, google it. There are several websites that have better information than this article.
4/4/2011 11:38:16 PM

ZENMIND7's SparkPage
Cucumbers on the counter? Really???
2/26/2011 8:20:10 PM

ZARTUHIE61's SparkPage
I have found using those bags that are sold for keeping f & v fresh really do work.
Also, read where you should separate bananas when you get them home and they WILL ripen slower!
Also, if you store berries in the frig., need to put them a plastic bag or they will dry out..........living and learning @ 70!



12/27/2010 6:39:13 PM

JANETJC2766's SparkPage
I cook the veggie's if I don't use them right away and then store in fridge they last a few days longer that way and I don't throw anything out.
12/20/2010 4:14:32 AM

WALKZWDOGZ's SparkPage
Helpful article; good to save, but who has room to store blueberries, blackberries & strawberries in a single layer?
11/22/2010 10:03:20 AM

BEETLEBUGLADY's SparkPage
I see the recommendation to store pineapple on the counter which I do until it is cut up. What is the storage recommendation for cut up pineapple?
11/22/2010 10:03:03 AM

BEETLEBUGLADY's SparkPage
I see the recommendation to store pineapple on the counter which I do until it is cut up. What is the storage recommendation for cut up pineapple?
11/22/2010 9:31:22 AM

BEETLEBUGLADY's SparkPage
I see the recommendation to store pineapple on the counter which I do until it is cut up. What is the storage recommendation for cut up pineapple?
9/16/2010 6:55:11 AM

MALONE545's SparkPage
Ah, I see the fridge storage recommendations below. Thanks!
9/16/2010 6:43:38 AM

MALONE545's SparkPage
Is it not a good idea to store fruits in Tupperware in the fridge? How about freezing fruits?
9/15/2010 4:07:42 PM

YOLIE4FUN's SparkPage
Great information because I unfortunately have waste alot of money and Fruits and Veggie.
9/15/2010 2:00:03 PM

TAMARAKING's SparkPage
This a rather useful tool and I appreciate it immensely. I do have alot of problems keeping things I buy fresh and this has enlightened me on how come.
9/15/2010 1:38:11 PM

BASTET2's SparkPage
Tomatoes will continue to ripen on the counter. The taste is better from the counter, but they don't last half as long. If my tomatoes are ripe, they go into the fridge.

The bananas' peelings will turn brown, but the bananas are fine in the fridge. You can also freeze bananas and make banana "ice cream" out of them by putting them in a blender. When your veggies and fruits start on the down slide, put them in the freezer--however some have to be "processed" first and some don't do the freezer well at all--such as lettuce and cukes. They'll turn to mush because they are primarily water. Frozen grapes make great snacks!

I hardly throw anything away. I even keep a divided container in my freezer and put spoonfuls of leftovers in different pockets until I have a "plate"...then with a quick meat or bread added, it's dinner.
8/20/2010 1:15:26 PM

REJ7777's SparkPage
I'm trying to eat more fruits and vegetables, so I really appreciate these tips! Thx.
RYANJRIGGS
8/20/2010 2:04:18 AM

Got this tip from Dr. Sears (Zone Diet) and I have to admit, there seems to be some truth.

Buy your fruits and veggies frozen, if you tend to find yourself throwing away tons of rotten fruit.

It's frozen at the time it is picked, with peak nutrition remaining in it's frozen state. Cooked, it's perfect.

Uncooked, some are close to perfect (i.e. blueberries, mango, peaches in a bowl of cereal, strawberries in smoothies). I am SICK of buying strawberries and finding them turning moldy within a day or two of bringing them home.

I'd love to eat fresh off the farm, but it just doesn't work for me.

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