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How To Make Produce Last Longer

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How To Make Product Last Longer?

Produce is expensive.

There is no way around it.

But with some planning and tools, you can figure out how to make produce last longer and eliminate the dreaded “it went bad before we could eat it and now I feel wasteful” feeling.

Invest in Produce Saving Storage

I own Rubbermaid Produce Saver Square Storage Containers and Lock and Lock Storage Containers.

My strawberries, blueberries, romaine and iceberg lettuce, and watermelon last at least 50% longer when stored in these containers vs. original packaging. And getting an extra week or so out of fruits and veggies allows these storage containers to pay for themselves in a couple of grocery trips.

I own the Rubbermaid Containers for smaller size produce (blackberries) and the BIG Lock and Lock Storage Containers for organic salad and carrots from Costco.

Water is Your Enemy (If you are a fruit)

Putting water on any fresh fruit will speed up deterioration by 50 percent.

Do not wash a fruit until it will be eaten or used in a recipe. (Especially with berries and grapes.) Want to have fruit on-demand for the kiddos – then only prepare a small amount at a time.

Water is Your Friend (If you are a leafy green item)

On the other hand, lettuce, herbs, or green onions will last longer with a little water.

Not all Fruits and Veggies Get Along

Certain fruits and veggies give off a gas that makes other fruits and veggies ripen faster.

Luckily, we don’t have to remember all the tips and tricks to making our produce last longer because there are produce storage guides to help us out.

But making a small investment in produce keepers and following a few simple tips can help lengthen produce’s life a couple of days, if not a couple of weeks.

What other tricks do you have to how to make produce last longer?