Author: Katerina Tsernou
Fresh foods like leafy greens, fruits and veggies are an essential part of a healthy diet, and because they are free of nasty preservatives and artificial ingredients, they often have shorter shelf life than packaged goods.
Greens are one of the more sensitive vegetables and can spoil quickly if not tended to properly. To help extend their shelf life, we recommend rinsing and drying them as soon as you bring them home and storing them in a plastic bag with a paper towel to absorb extra moisture. Additionally, you can poke small holes in the bag to allow air inside.
Avocados can ripen pretty quickly and often have a short window of about 1-2 days of being in their prime state. Placing a nearly ripe or ripened avocado in the fridge is a great way to slow the ripening process. To ripen avocados more quickly, place them in a brown paper bag with apples.
These beautifully colored fruits are best if enjoyed shortly after bringing home and stay freshest in the fridge. If you find them beginning to spoil and don’t have time to enjoy them, toss them in the freezer in a Ziploc bag to use later in smoothies and desserts. Additionally, don’t rinse berries and store them wet as this makes them more prone to molding.
Onions keep best when they are stored in a cool, dark place in a paper bag. If you use only half an onion, you can store the rest in a container in the fridge until you are ready to use it.
Try and choose garlic that is fresh and firm—the fresher your garlic is when you purchase it, the longer it will last. Garlic does best in a container that covers it from light but also allows it to breath, such as a covered wire basket or overturned clay pot.
Always keep your tomatoes on the counter as storing them in the fridge causes them to lose their delicious flavor. If you need to make use of them before they go bad, chop/blend them and make a red sauce that can be stored in the fridge or freezer.
Storing eggs in the coolest part of the fridge (in the back) is a great way to extend their shelf life. If kept cold, eggs can last up to 5 weeks!
Apples are kept freshest and crispiest when stored in the fridge in a bottom drawer.
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