How to Store Vegetables and Fruit to Extend Shelf Life

Georgia Lund By Georgia Lund, 17th Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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No one wants to waste his food dollars by having to toss out vegetables and fruits due to premature spoilage. Proper storage of vegetables and fruits after bringing them home from the market or harvesting them from the home garden will extend their shelf life and save money on grocery purchases.

How to Store Leafy Green Vegetables

Leafy green vegetables such as lettuce, spinach and herbs should be stored in the refrigerator in an open container. The leafy green vegetables need to be able to breath to extend their shelf life and prevent the buildup of gasses that will prematurely decompose the vegetables. If leafy green vegetables are purchased in a plastic bag and it is desirable to leave them in the plastic bag for storage, poke a few holes in the plastic bag so the vegetables can breathe.

Store Tomatoes on the Kitchen Counter

Extend the life of garden tomatoes by storing them on the kitchen counter, stem side down in a single layer. When tomatoes are stored in the refrigerator, they will quickly lose their flavor and texture. Tomatoes left inside a plastic bag, regardless of what location they are stored in, will not last long. Home garden tomatoes can be harvested before they are fully ripe and placed in a sunny window sill, stem side down, to finish ripening and extend their shelf life.

Wrap Broccoli and Cauliflower in Paper Towel Before Storing

Remove broccoli and cauliflower from the plastic bag and loosely wrap the heads of the vegetable in paper towel. Store them stem side down in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator. Never wash the vegetables before storing, the moisture will hasten spoilage, rinse the vegetables (or use a vegetable wash) just prior to cooking or eating

Un-Bunch Bananas When Storing

Bananas grow in a bunch, are sold in a bunch and are usually stored in a bunch.The bunch storage method will cause the bananas to spoil in a bunch. Un-bunch the bananas by pulling them apart as soon they are purchased and store on the kitchen counter, not allowing the to touch. When bananas are stored in a bunch, the first bananas to turn brown will cause all the others in the bunch to turn brown also.

*Originally written and published by me on Suite101.


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Ms. Lund is a freelance writer who enjoys gardening and sharing her knowledge through the Georgia Master Gardener program. Ms. Lund is a heart attack survivor who has educated herself in a variety of health, wellness and fitness topics. Ms. Lund is a...(more)

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author avatar Donna
13th Jan 2015 (#)

When my broccoli grows limp I submerge it in a plastic bowl with sea salt and distilled water and it stays firm and very edible

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