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How to Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh

Proper Storage Prevents Spoilage, Saving You Hundreds


9/28/2014 5:48:58 AM

Keeping fruit & veggies fresh in the fridge for longer, much longer is a matter of taking a modern approach to the problem. Fruit & veggies go off In the fridge because a gas called ethylene builds up in there. It is a completely natural gas that comes from the fruits and veggies themselves. It can be controlled by using a gas absorber specifically made to do this. This one is called 'Stay Fresh Pods' and you can get more information about the gas and it's removal at
9/6/2014 6:20:30 PM

Most importantly, don't wash all your produce when you come home from the store. If you must wash it, do it immediately before use. Wet produce goes bad quicker, and increases the risk of bacterial and mold growth, these things like moisture, which could make you sick. But the reality of it is, washing your produce will not lower your chance of food poisoning, nor will it wash away any significant amount of pesticides.
8/16/2014 5:31:40 PM

A trick my friend taught me when we signed up or our CSA is that lettuce keeps better if you wrap it in a paper towel before putting it in a plastic bag in the fridge.
2/14/2014 8:49:07 PM

For FROGGE1323— If you right-click on the chart, there should be an option to save it to your desktop. Then you can add the saved file to an app like Adobe Reader or Good Reader using iTunes.
1/21/2014 1:21:06 PM

Any tips on how to download this chart to my iPad? I tried the Message Board but couldn't find the place to leave this question. Esther
12/31/2013 9:43:24 PM

FINALLY a guide that makes sense! I can easily follow this vs. the ones that spend an hour explaining how my drawers work. I'm a scientist and the articles left me confused! haha! This is straightforward and makes perfect sense :) Then again I felt silly when I realized that tomatoes and cucumbers are put in the store at room temp, so why am I sticking them in the fridge? *doh!*
12/14/2013 9:03:12 AM

MAKEETA98's SparkPage
Any tips on how to download this chart to my phone?
12/14/2013 8:57:38 AM

MAKEETA98's SparkPage
Any tips on how to download this chart to my phone?
10/28/2013 7:59:42 AM

CHRISVK's SparkPage
I think the chart is a great and useful guide...just use your own commonsense and if you havent used a "counter" item in a couple days. then put it in the fridge !!! BTW thanks for the printing tip, worked like a charm!!
10/20/2013 10:15:28 AM

I also have used the vinegar water wash for veggies and fruit , really works
10/19/2013 11:44:27 AM

In regard to berries, i just learned this year to wash ALL berries in 1part white vinegar and 9 parts cold water, then rinse in clear water. I haven't had a bad berry all Summer! It really works!
10/19/2013 10:06:53 AM


Many times like charts are inserted into articles as images. Try this approach: hover your mouse over the chart, right click the mouse and a list of actions should pop up. Choose "Open in new window" while you are still over the chart. That should pop up a new window with only the chart in it.

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10/19/2013 8:59:20 AM

PIDDYCAN's SparkPage
Once again I wonder about the sensibilities and knowledge of the people who write these articles. Who in the world except someone with a commercial sized kitchen has the counter space to store fruits and vegetables as described, or even has refrigerators with more than a single produce drawer? Get real please. Your credibility is at stake.
10/16/2013 5:36:12 PM

Very informative.thank you.
9/28/2013 8:43:14 AM

This is good info. I have a tendency not to use up the produce that purchase and I hate that so I want to try to do better about using it. Storage is apparently key.

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