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How to Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh

Proper Storage Prevents Spoilage, Saving You Hundreds


2/24/2009 12:00:31 AM

I stored my iceburg lettuce in the blue recycling bags you get free from the store and it keeps my lettuce fresh for twice as long. I guess it's the cheaper version of the green bags.
2/11/2009 1:53:02 AM

How wonderful. I have always wondered how to store vegetables. I don't think I have ever seen anything to address thins problem before. Thanks for the help
1/10/2009 2:39:24 PM

SHAY4HIM's SparkPage
Wonderful article! Thanks for sharing the advice! :o)
12/30/2008 1:46:33 PM

VSTEGGS's SparkPage
My mother had strongly recommended green bags. They are one of those "as seen on TV" products and I was unsure if they would work. She found some at Bed Bath and Beyond for around $10 and she loved them. I went and got some and now I would swear by them as well. My produce truly does stay fresher for longer periods of time. The only thing I would not reccomend to put in them is bananas.
12/14/2008 3:19:58 PM

A GREAT way to store herbs is in a plastic ziplock bag with a piece of paper towel in there with them. The towel soaks up the extra moisture that forms on the herbs.
12/14/2008 2:57:17 PM

LUVMY3SONS85's SparkPage
Thats why Im lucky my husband works in the produce department, he tells me how to keep all our fruits and vegetables fresh.
11/20/2008 4:18:07 PM

MRSNIX's SparkPage
Storing my herbs in a glass covered with a plastic bag caused them to wilt and mold. I lost all of them only 4 days after buying. I would not advise covering the herbs.
10/22/2008 5:59:12 PM

EIRINARA's SparkPage
great article!!!
10/12/2008 12:17:24 AM

This was very helpful...I found many mistakes in how I am storing my fruits and veggies. Thanks for sharing!
9/26/2008 6:32:49 PM

NANGREEN's SparkPage
I printed the chart. It is really helpful when you bring stuff home from the store and need to now how to store it. Groceries are so expensive these days that it is a shame to waste any of them.

Thank you for your help,

9/25/2008 7:05:33 AM

KPHICKEY's SparkPage
Great article! I also wrap celery in foil; however, I learned that tip from my late mother in-law about 30 yrs ago. My biggest challenge is in readjusting my food buying as an empty nester =-0
9/10/2008 1:11:09 AM

Green bags don't really work, in my honest opinion ... especially if you live in a place where it is HUMID!
I have had so much food ROT in green bags I finally gave up.
(it probably depends on the make of them --- like people, not all bags are made equally!)

One thing that makes me waste less is as soon as I get home from the store I cut the veggies I am going to use as "nibbles/snacks" into the right sizes IMMEDIATELY.

For HEAD LETTUCE lettuce, remove the core (whack it on the counter and it will pull right out, pour about 1/4 - 1/2 of a cup of water into where you removed the core and then store in a lettuce crisper which does not let the head of lettuce touch the bottom... lettuc crispers are available everywhere from Walmart for little, and Tupperware for $$$$$.
9/6/2008 10:38:27 PM

very helpful thanks!
8/18/2008 9:26:55 PM

MAPGEEK's SparkPage
I found the best way to store leafy vegetables is to wash and pat dry, then wrap them in unbleached muslin. Stays crisp for a long period of time. I do my beans the same way and it works pretty well for them too.
7/30/2008 5:13:05 PM

MERNIE77's SparkPage
Broccoli can be stored the same as fresh herbs, cut the stem and place is in water (like flowers) in the fridge. Sometimes I have vases with herbs right on the table for use while cooking - and they are pretty and smell nice.

GREAT article!!

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