Food Storage Hacks That Will Save You Money!

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If you are having trouble keeping your fruits and veggies lasting in your fridge, you are probably not eating enough of them on a daily basis OR maybe you just need a few tips on how to store them! 🙂

Well first things first, giving your fruits and veggies a bath is necessary. After all the traveling and handling, bacteria has most likely multiplied so a good bath soak will do the job. Wash out your sink, fill it up with water, pour ½ cup of apple cider vinegar (regular white vinegar is fine too) and soak for about 15-20 minutes. Then, place them on a large towel to dry off and prepare for storage.

 

Leafy Greens

The best way to keep your leafy greens and vegetables fresh is to wrap them in a paper towel and place in aplastic bag. Simply placing them in a plastic bag after being rinsed off will trap in moisture and will contribute to the wilting of the greens. So if you’re going to opt in for one or the other either dry them off really well before placing them in a bag or in the just the paper towel. Also, try reusing the same plastic bag or container in order to avoid creating waste. A fancy new zip-lock bag is not needed every time. Or better yet, get yourself a large reusable tupperware!

 

Veggies

Some veggies like it cold and some like it room temperature. Root vegetables like potatoes, onions, and garlic can be left on the countertop or in a dry dark place. Make sure to separate the onion and potatoes as the onion will cause the potato to sprout! If you decide to cut an onion in half, make sure to properly seal in a plastic bag and place in the fridge. Onions are very powerful and strong and can soak up bacteria very easily therefore they should not be left out in the open. Anything that is cut in half and stored should only be kept for a maximum of 3 days. So either use it all at once or make sure not to waste the remaining half. Veggies that should be placed in the fridge should go in the produce drawer with high humidity levels as that is their ideal climate when being stored for the week. (Note: see herbs section for special note on asparagus)

 

Fruits

Fruits tend to like dry climates so place your fruits in a separate drawer with low humidity levels or on your counter top. Tomatoes (yes, tomatoes are fruit!) like to be outside on the countertop with breathing space to avoid from spoiling.The cold from the fridge causes the cell structure to break down so avoid storing them in there. This also applies to cucumbers, as refreshing as they are, keeping them in the fridge under 50 degrees does not keep them happy. Keep them on the countertop away from fruits that give off ethylene gas such as tomatoes, bananas, and melons and place in your fridge when you would like to make a fresh cold dish. The best way to store your fruits and keep them lasting long is to cut them up and freeze until you are ready to use them. This method will keep the fruit from spoiling and being wasted.

 

Herbs

Even though you may not have an herb garden, when you do purchase herbs, act like you do. What do I mean? Get a cup, fill it up with water, cut the tip of the herbs and place into the cup. Just like flowers, your herbs need fresh water to stay happy and perky until you are ready to eat them. Asparagus can also be treated the same way.The herbs and veggies will stay fresh like this for about a week or so.

 

To Ripen

If you want to ripen something like an avocado or banana, simply place it in a paper bag for a day or two and then you’re golden! To ripen bananas even quicker, throw an apple into the bag as well.

So go and get your fruit and veggie on at the market! And remember, the less time the food takes to get from the farm to your fork, the fresher it will be! So shop local and check the Healthy Places app to find local markets near you. You got the tricks and tips that will keep your pocket happy and your food perky. If you have any tips and tricks that you would like to share with us please feel free to comment below. Let us know how you make your fruits and veggies last!

Julia Poliadis

Jules is a certified health coach and plant based foodie based in Miami, FL. With her international background and passion for overall wellness, she has traveled, researched and experimented with all types of diets, remedies and approaches towards healthy lifestyles.