By Alyssa St-Jean (LowFatLowCarb.com)
We all wish that we could better preserve the freshness of our fruits and veggies. We’ve all been there. We head to the grocery store, get sucked in by all the pretty colors and buy all the deliciously plump and juicy produce in sight. We get back to the house, find a home for it all and before we know it, the bananas are spotted, the greens are wilted and the berries are fuzzy… Great! Might as well pour money down the drain. Literally…
If this sounds familiar and you could use a few pointers? I’ve got a few tips to help you out.
So, how can you store your produce to make the freshness last? There are many different storage solutions that will help you enjoy your groceries longer. Here are a few tips:
- Use Your Drawers – These special drawers in your fridge are designed to help preserve freshness. The temperatures and humidity levels are controlled in these areas.
- Don’t Pack It All In – Stuffing your fridge is never a good idea. The cold air in your fridge needs to circulate. Let it breathe.
- Remove the Rot – If something is staring to look a little funky, either use it or chuck it. As silly as it may seem, the rot will spread so get it out!
What Goes in the Fridge?
BERRIES – Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, ALL berries need all the freshness that they can get since they are quite sensitive. For starters, remove all the bruised or squished berries. When one goes bad, the rest are not far behind. Then, line the packaging with paper towels to absorb all the excess moisture.
COMMON VEGGIES – Most common veggies such as green beans, peas, zucchini, eggplant, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, corn, cucumbers, celery and bell peppers should be kept in a cool area.
LEAFY GREENS – This is a tricky one. I like to buy the big containers of leafy greens for salads. If you do to, you know how fast that the whole thing goes bad. Just like the berries, stick a paper towel inside to absorb the moisture. Bought too much? Freeze it and make smoothies later!
ROOT VEGGIES – Root vegetables can actually keep for a very long time if stored properly. The trick is to keep them dry and in a cold area. The fresh drawer in the fridge is good place or even in a cool basement if possible.
ASPARAGUS – Asparagus likes to be kept in water and in a cool area. First cut the ends and place in a few inches of water.
What Stays on the Counter?
TOMATOES – If you did not know this, it will be a life changer! Tomatoes stay on the counter unless cut. Then they can go in the fridge. You know that mushy texture tomatoes often get? Yeah that’s the fridge’s fault…
BASIL – Basil is best kept at room temperature and in a glass of water. The fridge along with excess moisture will actually turn the leaves black.
CITRUS – Citrus’ have always belonged on the counter. They have no business in the fridge.
SWEET POTATOES – Most potato varieties don’t belong in the fridge either. A dry place is best.