You spend a lot of money on produce (or at least we hope you are eating your daily amount of fruits and veggies), and you probably didn’t realize you’re storing it wrong. Don’t let your hard earned money go down the drain, take a look at our list below and see the best way to store your produce from our store!
We’ve figured it out so you don’t have to (we are the grocery experts after all)! Of course, everyone has their own tips or tricks so if you have a method you have found that makes your produce last longer, let us know in the comments!
FIRST THINGS FIRST:
Never store your fruits and veggies together. This is the first thing we want to get out of the way. Some fruits give off a gas called ethylene glycol that makes vegetables ripen faster, thus making your veggies spoil quicker and we don’t want that!
Carrots + Celery
These summer snack favs are best stored submerged in water in the fridge. Cut them into snack size pieces, or store them whole. If you cut them into snack size pieces, it makes it easier for you to snack on them and eat them before they go bad.
Storing them in water keeps them crispy and full of flavor. We are obsessed with how they taste stored this way! Change out the water every couple of days so that they stay fresh.
Lettuce + Other Leafy Greens
Take your leafy greens home and wash them well. Grab a towel, pat-dry them off and then store wrapped in a dry towel (just like a burrito).
The towel absorbs any moisture created that might wilt the leaves. Put the towel wrapped greens in the crisper draw, and they will stay nice and fresh for a few weeks.
Store broccolini and scallions in the fridge like a bouquet of flowers! Make sure the stems are in the water so they stay hydrated and fresh until you eat them. Change out the water every couple of days so they don’t go bad.
Treat herbs just like flowers! Stick them in water in the fridge or on your counter for some easy picking. An added bonus is that they look amazing on your counter if you put them in a cute vase like we did.
Cauliflower, Broccoli, + Cabbage
Cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage can just sit loose in your vegetable drawer. Don’t worry about wrapping them up, they stay fresh longest by airing out in the fridge.
Berries last MUCH longer if you keep them in an airtight container. Make sure you don’t wash them first, just plop them into a mason jar, seal them, and stick them as-is into the fridge. When you want to eat them, wash however many you plan on eating and put the rest back in the fridge until you need them.
Asparagus is best kept on the counter at room temperature with the stems submerged in water. This keeps the stalks hydrated, and your asparagus crispy until it’s ready for grilling or roasting. Like the other veggies, make sure you change out the water every couple of days to keep them fresher, longer!
Lemons, Cucumbers, Peppers, + Other Skinned Veggies/Fruits
Any fruits or veggies you buy with sensitive skin should be wrapped in a towel and stored in the appropriate fruit or veggie drawer. The towel helps keep moisture off the skin, and prevents bruising and spotting caused from bumping against other produce when you open the drawer.
This is just a basic overview of helpful tricks we have found that help keep your produce fresher, longer. If you have specific questions about a produce item you are unsure of, don’t be afraid to reach out to us on social media or give us a call!
We want to make sure you are getting the most out of your produce, and we hope these tips help you save money and enjoy your fresh fruits and veggies longer (especially the delicious locally grown ones)!