Properly storing your fresh produce will help you save money, waste less, and get the most nutrition out of your fruits and vegetables. Follow these simple tips to start getting the most bang out of your green ;)
• Once greens and herbs are harvested, they begin to lose their water content. That’s why they wilt. To keep greens and herbs fresh, place them into a sturdy jar of water as you would a flower arrangement (stems down), then cover them loosely with a plastic bag. Keep your “bouquet” in the refrigerator. If you don’t have the shelf space in your fridge for greens to be kept upright in jars, you can also keep them fresher by placing them in plastic bags and keeping them in the high-humidity crisper.
• To keep prewashed greens fresh: place them in a container or bag, with a couple sheets of paper towel. The towel will absorb moisture and keep the greens fresh.
• Got a surplus of greens or herbs? Blend them with a bit of water (enough to blend), and then freeze in an ice tray.
• Store tomatoes at room temperature. Refrigerated tomatoes lose their flavor and texture. Tomatoes don’t stay fresh for long, so only buy what you think you will use in a few days’ time.
• Root vegetables such as radishes, carrots, and beets should be stored in the refrigerator with their greens chopped off. Place roots in plastic bags, and keep them in the crisper. Waste not: the greens of these roots can be eaten as well. Just steam or sauté as you would arugula or spinach.
• Potatoes and sweet potatoes should never be refrigerated, but kept in a dry cool place.
• Mushrooms should be kept in a paper bag and stored in the refrigerator.
• Fresh berries typically don’t keep very long. To keep them fresh for as long as possible, store them unwashed in the refrigerator in a container that has good air circulation, not a sealed container.
• Avocados can be kept fresh in the refrigerator after ripening. Buy unripe avocados, let them ripen with other fruits, then store in the fridge to prevent them from browning.
• Citrus can be kept on the kitchen counter or in the refrigerator (especially once they start to go bad).
Do you have any tips for keeping produce fresh? Share in the comment section below :)
Jenné & Isabelle
We're both passionate vegan foodies with backgrounds in nutrition. We decided to bridge our skills to create Buddhalicious; a program that guides members to find balance, excitement, and flavor on their plates, and in their lives.