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The Shelf Life of Fruits and Vegetables

Plan Meals and Grocery Trips Using this Time Table

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3/22/2011 2:31:01 PM

WALKZWDOGZ's SparkPage
Huh. Puzzling list.

I get apples, winter squash, potatos & onions at a local farmer in the fall. Kept in a cool garage, they keep just fine for months. Beets, cabbage & carrots are close. Several varieties of winter squash are better after some storage. Several items under that 7+ day list were our grandparents winter staples.
8/27/2010 9:07:47 AM

KITTYF54's SparkPage
All of those veg that she advises will last only 7 days are keeper veg. they were all kept in a root cellar for 6 to 8 months in times past without refrigeration, but at around 50 degrees,(with humidity from the surrounding earth) and used til gone. this list is silly.
3/19/2010 2:59:22 PM

TCAVASOZ's SparkPage
Hmmm...7 days for a cabbage? Perdue (the University) says up to 6 months at 32 F and I know that I've stored them for 5 in a cold shed without any reduction in flavor and I highly doubt any reduction of vitamins or minerals. Most grocery stores keep them for longer than 7 days and just peel off the outer leaves with any brown spots to keep them looking fresh.

Maybe these are storage times for freshly picked, ripe foods like you can buy at a farmers market; not off season, had to travel and nowhere near really ripe from the vine produce we find at grocery stores.
HWALTARZ
3/19/2010 12:56:17 PM

Tupperware has Fridge Smarts that make you veggies and fruit last incredibly long
2/20/2010 10:07:51 AM

BGALLAGHER's SparkPage
I think the author was trying to advise the storage times for optimal flavor and maintaining vitamins and minerals. I keep my produce much longer as well for economical reasons but I am sure that if I was following the chart, I would get more flavor and healthy benefit from the money I spent.
1/9/2010 9:16:24 PM

DANCINGBEAR27's SparkPage
I consider that they are good until they are brown, wilted, soft etc.. Is someone going to actually go by a chart?
1/6/2010 10:57:22 AM

JHADZHIA's SparkPage
I use green bags which really do work and make my veggies and fruit last longer. I wait until my bananas get to the ripeness I want, then put them into the bag and they stay that way up to a week. There are a lot of generic copies of those green bags, but the ones I use are Debbie Meyer
SIMPLEJOYS
8/26/2009 10:38:13 PM

My fruits/veggies last longer than this article suggests too - but then again, I'm not too fussy! :) When I have a bag of chopped lettuce or spinach, I fold a paper towel or two and tuck it into the bag and fold it over snugly. (I learned that trick from my Mom - seems to work well.)
8/26/2009 2:12:43 PM

GO_ROBIN's SparkPage
Wow, I store and use veggies a lot longer than this article recommends! I only shop once on the weekend for the entire week, and I use mushrooms and such 7 days after I buy them. I certainly wouldn't use bananas after a day because they are still green! And I keep most fruit for WEEKS! Oranges definitely last a month in the frig.
8/26/2009 9:45:32 AM

TBWELLS01's SparkPage
I USE THE VEGGIE BAGS FROM ZIPLOC AND THEY REALLY WORK. I GO TO THE GROCERY ONCE A WEEK FOR VEGGIES SO THEY NEED TO STAY FRESH FOR 7 DAYS. THE BAGS DO WORK WELL FOR OUR FAMILY, NO MOISTURE PROBLEM OR WILTING..
5/12/2009 10:06:12 PM

ARTEMISR's SparkPage
I'm surprised by this because in a fridge I've had lemons, oranges, grapefruit, and uncut iceburg lettuce last much longer than a week.
Tomatos seem to last me about a week un-refrigerated.
And all of that is without green bags or anything of the like.
4/28/2009 1:42:51 AM

KATAKITOMOTSIN's SparkPage
I have used the green bags, but was not overly impressed. I have also used the linen towel suggestion and bag. It works pretty well for Romain. I think my next adventure will be to try one of the baggies with the vaccum attachment that sucks the air out. I did appreciate the shelf life chart. Thank you
3/1/2009 10:20:37 AM

ANG41368's SparkPage
I've heard more bad than good about the green bags so will save my money on those. I have to question or disagree with some of the shelf life time tables listed in the article though, or maybe I'm just lucky.....for instance, I buy a bunch of bananas and they last much longer than 2 days, especially since I'm the only one eating them and I average one a day, once they start getting a little more tan than yellow I put them in the fridge, no biggie. I also use the Rubbermaid produce savor bowls, the green ones with the elevated insert for the bottom that allows for air circulation for things like salad blends, carrots etc. They've saved a lot and paid for themselves a few times over at this point.
2/23/2009 10:13:59 AM

LADYBUGGGG's SparkPage
I'm surprised about the grren bag comment, jibbie. I bought and used some and they totally didn't work!. plus, youy have to wipe moisture out of the every day at least once. A total pain in the butt...
1/20/2009 3:59:22 PM

NATRONA32's SparkPage
I bought a food saver, 1 of those gadgets that sucks the air out of the bag. I have to admit, it's saved me TONS of money, & yes, it is safe for fruits & veggies! Doesn't squish them like I thought they would & they last days longer than normally!

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