Food Storage Tips

It seems I am seeing a lot of products to place in your produce drawer or to put produce in to make it stay fresh for a longer period of time.  Being thrifty by nature  (OK, I am cheap –  😉 – so blame it on my genes) I have always had a problem tossing the last few shriveled up mushrooms into the trash.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN published a report in 2011 on food waste, and it is no surprise that fruits and vegetables top the list.  Indeed, I found many statistics regarding waste and did my own informal average of the reputable ones.   I came up with 17% waste – we literally toss on the average 17% of the food we buy.  The average cost per American household came to $750.00.

One day it actually occurred to me to google it – I came up with this list of tips:

  • Never store in air tight containers – they need air to breathe, like us.
  • It is best to store unwashed until use.  If you must wash produce ahead of time, store with a paper towel
  • Wrap celery in aluminum foil with a paper towel to absorb moisture
  • Store blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries in a single layer, if possible.  Second best is in a container with a colander built in that does not close too tightly.
  • Store leafy greens separately
  • Apples, bananas, and tomatoes do not need to be refrigerated if eaten within 7 days.
  • Place mushrooms in a brown paper bag on a shelf in your refrigerator – the bag will absorb moisture.  Dried mushrooms can be rejuvenated if soaked in water, or added to sauces.
  • Fruit that releases ethylene gas must be stored separately:
    • apples
    • apricots
    • cantaloupe
    • honeydew
    • figs
  • When in doubt, think of how it is stored at the grocery store, and do the same at home.
  • Shop the produce section last and keep produce at as low a temperature as possible
  • Eat all the perishables within one week of purchase

And speaking of bananas, do you know how to open a banana like the monkeys do?   You hold it upside down and squeeze the very bottom.  No struggles.  It pops open so easily that even I can do it!


About Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a powerful light worker, intuitive medium, and coach. She lives with the daily challenge of muscular dystrophy and shares the wisdom she receives from the Divine Source of all that is, bringing joy to the lives of others.
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