I have good intentions when I go to the farmer’s market or supermarket to purchase produce. I’d bring home a bevy of fruits and vegetables plotting out meals and snack and how healthy we are going to be when we consume all of them.
Then time passes, and they get buried in the fridge or the bowl on our kitchen island. Wasted food. It’s so frustrating. I did research and found some interesting ways to make your fruits and veggies last a bit longer. Please feel free to add some of your tips in the comments section!
Guacamole: You know how it always turns brown after being out for a bit? Spray a cooking spray over it before putting it back in the fridge. Also, if it is just the avocado you are wanting to last longer, keep the pit in it!
Cheese: Don’t do what I always did – wrap the leftover cheese in saran wrap. Wrap it in wax paper instead, and then place it in a plastic bag in the fridge.
Onions: Don’t house them near potatoes – for some reason potatoes allow for the onions to spoil faster. If you store the onions in pantyhose, they will last longer.
Asparagus: Before you put the bunch in the fridge, cut the bottoms a bit and place them in a tall plastic container with water in the bottom. Cover them with a plastic bag. This should help them stay fresh for a week!
Potatoes: If you store them with apples, they won’t sprout! (that always freaks me out)
Lettuce: Didn’t use the whole head of lettuce? Store it in a rubbermaid or plastic bag with a paper towel. The paper towel will absorb the moisture and prevent wilting.
Mushrooms: Keep them in a paper bag in the fridge so as not to collect mildew.
The Fridge Itself: Always keep it clean and disinfected. One bad food can leave, besides a gross smell, mold or other mildew. Yuck.
Do you have any tips for prolonging the shelf life of your groceries? I’d love to hear about them! Please post them in the comments section below!