Keep Your Herbs and Veggies Fresher Longer! Here’s How!

August 24, 2016 | waypoint

It happens to the best of us: You return home from the supermarket with a hefty haul of fresh produce, only to have it spoil before you have a chance to eat it! The solution? Rethink how you're storing your veggies! Follow these tips to keep your vegetables fresh as long as possible — and get your money’s worth!

  • Store your vegetables away from your fruits. Fruits give off high levels of ethylene that can hasten the ripening (and therefore, the spoilage) of veggies near them.
  • Broccoli and cauliflower are best stored in the fridge, away from other produce.
  • Some produce tastes better if stored on the counter. Think onions, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, avocados, and bananas.
  • Be sure to remove all ties and rubber bands before storing your leafy veggies. If you store them in a plastic bag, punch a few holes in the plastic to ensure adequate air flow.
  • Avoid washing soft herbs and mushrooms until right before you use them.
  • When storing fresh herbs, like basil and cilantro, snip the ends, then place the stalks in a glass, just like a bouquet of flowers. Then place the glass in the fridge.

The Kitchn's Guide to Storing Fruits and Vegetables [The Kitchn]
Keep Fruits & Vegetables Fresher Longer [American Heart Association]
Cheat Sheet: How to Keep Vegetables Fresh Longer [Gardenista]

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