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5 Handy Tips for Keeping your Produce Fresher Longer

Posted on March 30 2016

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Whether you add them to your salad or have them as a snack before dinner, fruits and vegetables are great at any time of the day. They are packed with essential vitamins and minerals and taste quite refreshing. If you are having trouble keeping your fruits and vegetables fresh, though, here are a few things you can do:

Freeze produce

If you bought too much produce and don't think you'll have enough time to eat it all, don't just let it go to waste. Instead, put your veggies and fruits in FoodVacBags vacuum sealer bags and freeze them. When you are ready to eat them again, they will taste nice and fresh. Be sure to blanch your veggies in hot water beforehand. According to the National Center for Home Food Preservation, blanching cleans the bacteria off produce and preserves color and flavor.

Refresh lettuce with an ice bath

Is your lettuce starting to look a bit wilted from being in the refrigerator for too long? If so, you can freshen it up with an ice bath. Put the lettuce in a bowl of ice water and shake it around for a minute or two. Afterward, your lettuce will be like new again.

Keep tomatoes out of the refrigerator

Storing your tomatoes in the refrigerator seems like it would make sense, but it can actually make them taste less fresh. According to Eating Well, tomatoes don't respond well to cold temperatures and won't taste very good if you keep them in the fridge. Instead, keep your tomatoes on your counter and out of direct sunlight.

Keep apples away from other fruits and veggies

Since apples produce ethylene gas, according to the American Heart Association, it's important to store them away from the rest of your fruits and veggies. Apples can be stored on the counter for up to a week. If you prefer to keep apples in the refrigerator, don't keep them there longer than a week.

Don't wash berries until you're ready to eat them

If berries stay wet for too long, they can grow mold, so you should rinse them just before you're ready to eat them.

It's possible to preserve your produce a little longer if you make these changes. Have any other helpful tips? Let us know in the comments below!

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