Keeping Your Produce Fit



How many times have you brought home some great looking produce and discovered that it turned brown before you could use it? With a few simple tips, you can keep your produce fit and fresh. You’ll never again worry about wasting money on fruits and vegetables that you won’t eat.

Avoid the RefrigeratorMany people bring home fresh produce and immediately place it in the refrigerator, but storing your produce in the refrigerator can actually reduce its usage. You probably already know that you shouldn’t put potatoes in the refrigerator, but did you know that you shouldn’t store apples or tomatoes in the fridge either? Avoid placing anything with a thin skin in the refrigerator and you’ll extend the life of your produce.Pay Attention to the SeasonsWhen you buy produce outside of the growing season, those fruits and vegetables won’t taste as great or last as long. Paying attention to the growing season can help you decide when you should bring home produce and which products you should leave behind in the store. Winter brings a large number of heartier foods, including squash, pumpkin, zucchini and potatoes, while summer is a great time to look for strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.

Prepare Your Foods

If you want to keep your produce fit and fresh, prepare your produce when you bring it home. Chop carrots, celery and zucchini into thin strips and store in the refrigerator for a quick snack. Mix and match your favorite fruits to make a quick fruit salad. Keep everything placed in convenient containers that you can grab and take with you. You’ll always have a snack on hand when watching television or running errands.

It only takes a few minutes to wash and store your fresh produce the right way, and you’ll find that you can extend the life of those fruits and veggies at the same time. Knowing how to store produce and buying only what is fresh will help you use that produce before it goes bad.

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