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How to Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh for A Long Time



The key to keeping your fruits and veggies fresh for long periods is moisture control—especially when it comes to products that are already ripe when you buy them from fruit and veg suppliers (like tomatoes or avocados). The best way to store these super-juicy fruits and veggies is in a plastic bin with a humidity level between 60 and 70 percent. That said, other methods can help keep your food fresh longer too!

Use a produce storage bin

Perhaps the simplest way to keep your fruits and vegetables fresh for longer is to use a produce storage bin. These bins can be bought at most stores that sell kitchen supplies, or you can create your own using some simple materials.

If you are trying to keep your fruits and vegetables fresh for a long time, make sure to buy the right kind of produce storage bin. The first thing that you need to do is decide how many servings of fruit or veggies will fit into each compartment of your produce storage bin. If there are too many or not enough compartments available in the container that you choose, then this may not work well for storing all of your items properly! Once this decision has been made (and it should be based on both volume needs as well as aesthetic preference), then consider what type of material would best suit this purpose: plastic vs glass vs metal etcetera...

Keep ripened fruit away from other produce

For example, you don’t want to store a fruit that is already ripe next to an unripened one. If you do, the already-ripe fruit will give off ethylene gas and cause the other produce to ripen faster. To avoid this problem, keep them separated by keeping them in different drawers or cabinets.

Store veggies in a damp towel or paper bag

There are a few ways to keep your veggies fresh for longer. One of the most effective is storing them in a damp towel or paper bag. This method works well because the moisture helps slow down the decay process, while also keeping mold from growing on your food. Additionally, it maintains your produce's vitamin content by preventing exposure to oxygen, which causes nutrients like vitamins C and B6 to break down more quickly than normal. If you're concerned about having too much humidity in your fridge (or don't have enough room), you can try keeping it in an open container instead of enclosed like a plastic baggie—just make sure that there isn't any condensation forming on top!

Rinse lettuce before you store it

You're likely familiar with the common practice of rinsing fresh vegetables and fruits before storing them in the fridge. This isn't just a matter of convenience—there's evidence to suggest that it can extend shelf life.

Simply rinse your lettuce under cold water for about 30 seconds, pat dry, then place it in an airtight container or zip lock bag. If you're using a head of lettuce (like an iceberg), wrap it in a paper towel and store it in your crisper drawer for up to 5 days. For other greens like spinach or kale, simply place them loosely into a plastic baggie and store them in the crisper drawer for up to 7 days.

Don't store potatoes and onions together

The allium family includes onions, garlic, and leeks. When these vegetables are stored together, they release a gas that can make other produce go bad more quickly. When storing potatoes, keep them in a cool, dry place. Store onions in the same type of container; they’re fussy about humidity too!

There are a lot of little things that can help keep your produce fresh.

The first step is to make sure you're buying the right fruits and vegetables. The best way to do this is by purchasing them from a well-stocked store that's selling locally grown produce. Not only will this ensure that they're fresh, but it'll also make it easier for you to find what's in season and thus cheaper.

As soon as you get home with your groceries, store them in airtight containers or bags (if they come in plastic bags). If you don't have any storage containers lying around, there are plenty of options available online—you can even find one shaped like an animal! Once your food has been sealed up tight into its container, it won't be able to absorb any odors around it or anything else that might give off smells over time (like onions). Think about how much space produce takes up compared with other items—it's pretty large when placed next to something like cereal boxes or bags of chips!

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