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]