Art of Living DIY

DIY: Make your fresh produce last longer at home

By Audrey Bonfig, CG Lifestyles & People

Tired of vegetables spoiling? There are ways to extend their shelf life. Photo by Audrey Bonfig.

If you’re someone who loves having fresh fruits and vegetables around, then you know how frustrating it can be to open your container of juicy red strawberries or go to bite into a fresh crisp apple only to discover that they’ve gone bad on you.

Fresh produce tends to spoil quickly, and if you live alone it can be hard to get through all of it before it starts molding or sprouting on you.

Luckily, there are some tried-and-true tips and tricks out there that can help you get the most bang for your fresh produce buck.

1. Soak your berries in water and vinegar

I know soaking berries in vinegar sounds weird, but it works, and you won’t even taste the vinegar! Storing your berries this way can make them last as long as two weeks without going moldy. Just mix together one part vinegar (you can use white or apple cider) to ten parts water. Swirl your berries around in the mixture until they’ve all been soaked. Take the berries out of the mixture, rinse, and store in the refrigerator.

2. Wrap bananas with plastic wrap

Bananas tend to go bad quickly, especially if you buy organic bananas. To make them last up to five days longer, wrap the top of a bunch of bananas with plastic wrap.

3. Use a paper towel to keep your lettuce from getting brown and soggy

The culprit for why lettuce tends to go bad so quickly is moisture; remove it, and it will last up to a week longer. Place all of your lettuce in a bowl and drape a paper towel or two over it. Cover the whole thing with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.

4. Mason jars are your friend

Mason jars are a healthier and more eco-friendly alternative to plastic tupperware, and they will keep your produce fresher up to several days longer.

5. Throw away that rotten apple

One rotten apple can spoil the bunch, it’s not just an old wives tale! The moment you see an apple starting to go bad throw it away immediately, it will ensure that your apples last longer.

Happy eating, and enjoy the money you’ll save!




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