Have you ever stocked up your fridge with tons of healthy fruits and hearty veggies, only to watch them grow moldy and decompose just a couple of days later?
Check out the tips and tricks below so you can keep all that food you've just stocked up on fresh for as long as possible.
🥔🍠 Place whole potatoes in a well-ventilated container, like a basket or a mesh produce bag (even a large cardboard box will do). Store in a cool, dry, dark place, like a pantry, cupboard, basement, or garage.
🥑 If you have an avocado that's not ripe yet, the best place for it is on a counter. You'll want to keep the avocado away from other fruits and vegetables that might be on the countertop, though, as 🥑 produce ethylene gas, which can make other foods ripen faster.
🍌 When they're still in the peel, bananas should be kept on the counter with the stems wrapped. If you're saving part of an opened banana, keep it in the fridge. And keep bananas away from your other produce, as they produce high amounts of ethylene gas.
🍊 Store citrus fruits in a mesh or perforated plastic bag in the fridge.
🧅 Store onions in a dark, cool place such as a pantry, basement, or garage. This gives the onions a shelf life of up to four weeks. It's also imperative to store the uncut onions in a mesh bag or open basket rather than a plastic bag because plastic bags don't have the proper ventilation to help the onions last longer.
Celery: Aluminum foil will keep celery fresh. Wrap celery in aluminum foil before storing it in the veggie bin of the fridge.
🍄 Store mushrooms in a brown paper bag in the fridge or another cool, dry area.
🍓 Moisture causes mold, so do not wash berries until you're ready to eat them. Keep them in the fridge in a container that leaves room for airflow so they don't get moldy.
🍅 Keep tomatoes away from salad greens. They'll do best at room temperature, away from sunlight—and you're better off not storing them in plastic.
🥬 Store salad greens and fresh herbs in tightly-sealed bags filled with a small amount of air. If you leave your herbs in the package you bought them in, they'll have a greater chance of going bad before you get to use them. And with chopped salad greens, store them in the fridge in a bowl lined with paper towels and cover with plastic wrap.
What are your tricks for making produce last longer?