How to Properly Store Fresh Food

Now that you’ve made the decision to start eating more fresh fruits and vegetables you may have come across the problem on how to store them.  Oxygen, temperature, and moisture can all be factors in why your food can spoil.   Here’s some tips to keep your favorite foods fresh as possible:

Fruits

Apples—- should be stored in the refrigerator                                                                                                                                              Bananas– room temperature

Berries (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries)- in the refrigerator                                                                                                      Grapes- in the refrigerator

Oranges- store only at room temperature                                                                                                      Pears-  ripen on counter, then move to the refrigerator

Vegetables

Refrigerator vs. Room Temperature

Room Temperature

onions, eggplant, garlic, potatoes, tomatoes

Refrigerator

artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, spinach

NOTE: Onions, garlic, and potatoes do not need to go into the refrigerator.  The best way to store these is in a dark place preferably in a paper bag.  A trick for onions is to individually wrap them in foil to prevent them from going bad.

How to make your fresh food last

Go shopping with a friend and split your groceries                                                            Have a salad with dinner

Plan your meals around your fresh food                                     Keep cut fruits and vegetables in front of your refrigerator

Freeze veggies and fruit when ripe

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