Raise your hand if you’ve ever had to throw away produce because it spoiled before you could eat it… Mmmhmmm me too. So as a result of that, I’ve learned little tricks along the way to keep my produce fresh longer (not including the FreshWorks containers by Rubbermaid… even though they’re good too… I think… I don’t own them LOL. Just assuming based off reviews… ok time to end parenthesis).
First thing I will say is that Press n Seal is your BFF when it comes to produce. If you don’t have it in your house, add it to your grocery list ASAP, and purchase on your next trip. I’ll tell you why..l
Press N Seal! I’ve literally wrapped half of an avocado (with seed in tact) in this, and it was still green on the inside over a WEEK later.
PNS also keeps green onion stems fresh!
Tin foil. If you wrap your banana stems in tin foil they will stay fresh over a week. Most bananas are brown in less than 7 days!
Paper towels. That’s right… just a good old fashioned paper towel. Depending on the type of paper towel you buy (I use Viva) will depend on how often you have to change it out.
Paper towels work wonders on gaseous green vegetables like spinach, kale, asparagus, etc. Stick a paper towel in the container (or ziplock bag if you’re trying to save something that was originally in a plastic bag), and your produce will literally last TWICE as long. I kept a container of spinach in good shape for almost 3 weeks in my fridge using this method!
Vinegar. Either white or apple cider will do, whichever you have on had. If you’ll wash your fruits (i.e. limes, lemons, strawberries, etc) in this they will last twice as long. I even wash my organic produce this way. It essentially cleans off any pesticides that are on or have come in contact with the fruit that make them spoil faster. You just submerge the produce in a 1 part vinegar 3 parts water bath for 10 minutes, and then rinse and let dry.
Also… it just gives me some sort if satisfaction knowing I’ve washed off the gunk of pesticides lol.
Those are my produce hacks! Nothing fancy, and all easily done with stuff kept in most kitchens.
Do you have a produce hack I need to know about?? Please share!