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How to Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh

Proper Storage Prevents Spoilage, Saving You Hundreds

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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
Kath
SPINNYBOO
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 $$$$$.
25%GONE
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!!
TONE102
7/29/2008 4:46:21 PM

Am I to assume the ones that are to be stored on the countertop should be stored in the fridge once cut? My problem is that in this apt there is such a SMALL fridge with 2 very small bins and with me being vegetarian and an Iguana and a bird both veggies themselves, there is a lot of wasted produce.
7/28/2008 9:16:10 PM

OSTERA15's SparkPage
My mother-in-law told me to keep potatoes in a paper bag in the fridge. I tried it and they last at least a week longer then on the counter.
7/21/2008 6:52:02 AM

PEACEAROSE99's SparkPage
I through out so much food and although it goes to the chickens. Still feel especially now with costs getting so high it is such a waste, Alos, who can go to the grocery store every couple of days. I don't have the time, discipline or inclination to do it. I have been wondering myself if green bags were worth the money. It seems prople think they are a good investment. I also wondered what the black means as there was no indication on the chart. This is a great article for those of us incorparating fresh fruits and veggies into our way of life.
K_RENEE
7/17/2008 11:05:27 PM

This little guide is awesome! I learned that I've been storing some of my produce wrong... no wonder it spoiled so fast! LOL I'm going to print it out and hang it on the fridge as a reminder.
7/16/2008 2:57:43 PM

KELLYJOHN03's SparkPage
I agree, the green bags work well. I especailly like them for bananas and bagged salads. Because of these bags, I'm eating more fresh fruit .
7/14/2008 5:32:59 AM

SHIVANI_292's SparkPage
hi, i have recenlty entered into the house managing thing...got married in november ..so i was looking for all this information. Now i woul be able to purchase more...
could you tell me what to do with black coded stuff life cabbage?
RJD413
6/25/2008 8:46:46 AM

OMG...this is exactly what I have been looking for. Now I don't have to come home and search for "how to store X" every time I come home from the grocery store. Thanks SP!
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.

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