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How to Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh

Proper Storage Prevents Spoilage, Saving You Hundreds

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6/20/2008 12:28:29 PM

BIGBROWNEYES4U's SparkPage
Great information ladies. Thanks for all the helpful tips. I will be using your suggestions for keeping my fruits and veggies fresh longer Have a Spark Day!!
6/6/2008 10:10:26 AM

ISIS822's SparkPage
I have found that wrapping celery in tin foil keeps it fresh longer. This was a tip from Martha Stewart. I tried it and was really surprised that it worked so well. I believe it doubled the life of my celery.
5/30/2008 5:07:44 PM

JIBBIE49's SparkPage
I keep meaning to buy the "Green Bags" so this article really helped!
5/27/2008 4:35:03 PM

DIAMONDGIRL2482's SparkPage
Green Bags work!! And you can find them at Wal-mart. I use them especially for my baby spinach and pre-cut lettuce. Before I would never get through the whole baby of spinach before having to throw out half the bag. Now I eat the whole bag and every time I do they taste just as fresh as the day I opened the bag. It is a miracle! And a HUGE money saver. You get back the price you pay for the bags ten times over!
MCCURDY63
5/27/2008 5:51:54 AM

thought there was some excellent information in this article, but I live an hour's drive from any shops so all my fruit and veg (except onions) is stored in the fridge. The article says to store tomatoes on the counter-top, mine wouldn't last long enough if I did that. Everything lasts much longer in the fridge, especially potatoes and apples.
5/23/2008 10:08:02 AM

NANCYJAC's SparkPage
Very useful article and additional tips from posters. Thanks much!
5/21/2008 7:12:02 PM

AXISLADY's SparkPage
If you will individually wrap your onions in newspaper and store in the refrigerator, they will remain crisp and useable for at least a month. This works especially well for Vidalia or sweet onions.
5/21/2008 6:25:42 PM

DAMIENDUCKS's SparkPage
For storing cut up veggies like radishes, green onions, carrot sticks, celery sticks, etc. I place them in a plastic bag and add enough water to cover and refrigerate. Make sure the bag seals well, but then you have prepared snacks and all you have to do is shake off the water. They keep nice and crisp for quite a while!
5/21/2008 12:34:46 PM

ESIMOESIMO's SparkPage
I was looking for something like this and purchased some Debbie Myer bags yesterday at Bed,Bath&Beyond for $9.99. I think they used to be called Evercare and Debbie Myers bought them. I also purchased for about the same price, this container from Container Store that supposedly keeps fruit/produce fresh. We'll see. Hopefully, they both work - I don't want to throw away food. Also, I would like to get the actual chart and print it out to put on my fridge. Does anyone have this?
5/21/2008 12:19:19 PM

SARA68516's SparkPage
My problem is with radishes and cucumbers....I cut them up right away when I get home so that I will eat them on a regular basis. If they are not eaten within a 2-3 days, they tend to spoil. Does anyone have any tips about how to store cut up veggies?
5/21/2008 9:35:44 AM

LADYBAILEY's SparkPage
To ripen faster on the counter, put the friut in a brown paper bag, and roll the top. This works for things like Avocados, peaches, pears, plums, mangos, papayas, persimons, bananas, etc.
5/21/2008 6:22:15 AM

PCHEFLORA's SparkPage
I too have the Debbie Meyers green bags and they do work! They absorb the dreaded ethylene gas. I also buy organic whenever possible, and local in the summer ... there's not much local produce in the winter in Wisconsin! Organic bananas sitting on my counter next to regular bananas after a week were still good to eat, the regular ones were not. I think this is because the non organic ones are actually sprayed with ethylene gas to hasten ripening ... which it of course does, making them not last as long as if left to their own! Next test is a regular versus organic banana in the green bag ... of course, after my little tests, the over ripe bananas don't go to waste, they're perfect for banana bread, muffins or cake!
5/21/2008 6:12:59 AM

JULIA75's SparkPage
What works for me is a sheet of paper pinned to the fridge and a pen nearby.

Everything I put in the fridge gets written down, everything I eat up is crossed out. It's a lot less work than it sounds, and I always know what's in the fridge and what's oldest (the stuff on top of the list).
5/20/2008 9:57:33 PM

BLKNBUDDHAFUL's SparkPage
Thanks for this! I've been looking for this information!
5/20/2008 9:16:04 PM

DONNAC228's SparkPage
I read this tip a long time ago, and it works. I dump out my blueberries and my strawberries on to a paper towel, then return them to the plastic container they come in, close the lid and refridgerate. they last much longer wrapped in a paper towel.

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