Refrigerate or Room Temperature?
It’s frustrating to pay for fresh produce and not have it stay fresh until you need it. I didn’t want to make multiple trips to the grocery store during the week so I spent a little time finding out the best way to store produce. I found a convenient infographic that not only specifies whether or not to refrigerate. It also gives specifics on how to store and get the most out of your produce.
How can I extend the freshness of fresh produce?
I also came across some interesting tips for storing food in general that, if they actually work, could be a big money saver.
Onions stored in pantyhose will last as long as 8 months. Put onions in pantyhose and tie knots between each onion. seriouseats.com
Freeze green onions in a plastic bottle. Make sure the green onions are completely dry before storing or they’ll get freezer burn. lunchinabox.net
Store herbs like flowers, then cover with plastic, secure with a rubber band and refrigerate. This keeps herbs fresh the longest. This also works for storing asparagus. simlpyrecipes.com
Wash berries in a vinegar solution to make them last longer. Mix one part white or apple cider vinegar and ten parts water. Swirl the berries around in the mixture, rinse, and put them in the fridge. With the diluted solution and rinsing you won’t taste the vinegar. Strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft. passionforsavings.com
Store asparagus like cut flowers. To keep asparagus in prime condition, trim the cut ends, stand them in a glass of water, cover with plastic, and refrigerate (glass and all) for up to two days. cookinglight.com
Wrap the crown of a bunch of bananas with plastic wrap. Bananas will keep for 3-5 days longer than usual. Also, bananas produce more ethelyne gas than any other fruit. Keep them isolated on the counter. The plastic wrap works. It extends the life of the banana without becoming soft too qiuckly. instructables.com
This trick with a paper towel will keep your salad lettuce fresh all week long. lifehacker.com
Wrap celery, broccoli, and lettuce in tin foil before storing in the fridge. Veggies will stay crisp for 4 weeks more. justalittlenutty.com
Use mason jars instead of plastic containers. Produce will keep a few days longer if stored in a jar. hickeryhollerfarm.com
Reuse plastic bottles to close up your plastic bags. Make sure your produce is completely dry before putting the cap on. lushhome.com
Keep ginger in the freezer. Ginger lasts longer and it grates more easily. lowcarbdiets.about.com
Keep mushrooms in a paper bag, not a plastic bag. A plastic bag will trap moisture and cause mushrooms to mildew. Put them in a paper bag in the fridge. foodiefortwo.wordpress.com
Save money. Repurpose. Foods stay fresh longer. That’s a win-win-win!
Do you have a food storage tip to add? Have you tried any of these tips to store your produce? Which one are you most interested in finding out if it really works?
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