Fresh foods can be pricey so we want to be sure to get the most for our money. Proper storage will help produce last longer. Use these tricks of the trade to get the most out of your fresh fruits & vegetables:
- Asparagus is a member of the lily family. Cut 1/2 inch from the stems and store upright in a plastic cup with 1-2 inches of water.
- Bananas can be stored in a plastic bag to ripen slowly or a paper bag to ripen quickly.
- Celery wrapped in foil before storing in the refrigerator will keep weeks longer.
- Cherry stems should remain intact to prolong their life.
- When using only part of an onion or pepper, start with the side away from the stem then tightly wrap the remainder in plastic. Retaining the stem will prolong the food’s life.
- Potatoes should be kept in a cool, dry, dark place. Do not refrigerate as extreme temperatures cause the starch to turn into sugar.
- Strawberries are extremely perishable. Refrigerated immediately, but do not wash until just before use. Moisture encourages mold growth and causes the berries to rot faster.
- Tomatoes stored stem side down allow for longer shelf life.
Also, don’t miss out on your last chance when produce is nearing its end. Over-ripened fruit makes fantastic bread and muffins. Just past prime vegetables are still great for stews and casseroles.