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10 Tips To Keep Your Produce Fresh for Weeks

January 19, 2024
Amelia [Writer]

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Ever wished your fruits and veggies would stay fresher, longer? Explore these 10 Tips To Keep Your Produce Fresh for Weeks--- For a grocery haul that keeps on giving!

10 Tips To Keep Your Produce Fresh for Weeks

Ever experienced the disappointment of finding sad, wilted droopy veggies + fruits at home? We've all been there--- The joy of crisp leafy greens or the satisfying crunch of fresh carrots should last longer, and it can! These 10 Tips To Keep Your Produce Fresh for Weeks can help you keep your fruits + vegetables fresh longer, save you money + minimize food waste! It's a win-win!

Citrus fruits cut.

As a recipe developer + major foodie, my fridge is always brimming with ingredients, and I'm constantly on the lookout for ways to extend their lifespan. So I figured it's high time to spill the beans (or veggies, in this case) on my tried-and-true tricks that ACTUALLY work.

Honestly, after a big haul from the farmers' markets + grocery stores, walking into my kitchen feels like gearing up for a round of fridge Tetris. The challenge is real, strategically placing fruits, veggies, and all the goodies in a way that avoids the inevitable Jenga tower collapse when you open the door. Haha

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Keep Your Fruit + Vegetables Fresh for Weeks

Keeping my haul fresh is a big deal, especially because I prioritize health, and fresh veggies and fresh fruits are non-negotiable. I won't sugarcoat it, y'all – I've had my fair share of mishaps in the food storage department.

After some trial and error, I've cracked the code with hacks that range from effortless to needing a bit of extra TLC. They're all simple, easy, and once you've got the hang of it, incorporating them into your routine becomes second nature!

Fresh strawberries in a brown bowl on a peach table.

1. Rinse Berries With Vinegar

This tip was a total game-changer for me! I used to notice my berries turning bad after just a few days, but not anymore--- Before tossing them in the fridge, wash strawberries, raspberries, and other berries with a mixture of vinegar and water (try a 1:3 ratio). Give them a good rinse after and ensure they're thoroughly dry. This helps fend off mold, extending their shelf life by WEEKS!!!

2. Store Carrots With Water

To keep those carrots from getting that sad, dried-out vibe they sometimes get, start by cutting off the leafy greens if you bought whole carrots (apparently, they steal nutrients from the roots – who knew?). Carrots love a bit of moisture, so toss them into a container filled with water, seal it up + and pop it in the fridge.

Multi-colored carrots on gray counter top.

3. Cover Banana Stems With Plastic Wrap

To keep bananas fresh longer, just wrap the stems in plastic. The stems release gas that makes the fruit ripen (and everything nearby). The plastic acts like a shield, keeping the gas in check and extending the life of the bananas. You can use a bag secured with a rubber band, but a bit of plastic wrap works great. Bonus tip: If a banana gets too ripe, freeze it for an easy smoothie boost!

My favorite banana recipes:

4. Keep Tomatoes Out Of The Fridge + Stem Side Down

I'm a sucker for herb-roasted tomatoes, and the magic happens with super-ripe ones. Tomatoes aren't fans of the cold – toss them in the fridge, and their perfect flavor and texture take a nosedive. When on the counter, if they're off the stem, lay them down stem side down. That way, the last-to-ripen part gets its chance to shine.

A bunch of spinach.

5. Put Leafy Greens In A Sealed Container

To keep your leafy greens, like arugula, baby spinach, and lettuce, from spoiling, sift through and discard any wilted, discolored, or slimy ones. Choose a roomy air-tight plastic or glass storage container  (bags are a no-go) that lets the air flow between the leaves. Line the container with damp paper towels or a thin cloth and tuck it into the crisper drawer. Check out my fave go-to food storage containers HERE!

6. Keep Citrus + Ginger In The Fridge

Have you ever come across those kitchens on Instagram that look picture-perfect with a bowl of lemons on the counter? Looks nice, right? But truth be told, those lemons won't stay fresh for long. For lasting freshness – think firm, juicy, not shriveled – pop your citrus in the fridge. The same goes for ginger (and fresh turmeric root if you've got it).

Fresh produce like ginger and oranges on a marble countertop.

7. Isolate Gassy Produce

Certain fresh produce such as fruits + veggies like apples, ripe bananas, pears, and potatoes, release a gas called ethylene, speeding up the ripening of others. If you're in a hurry to ripen something, team it up with apples or bananas. But if you're aiming for a longer lifespan, try to keep them apart. Give bananas their space, avoid mingling potatoes + onions, and assign a specific spot in the fridge for apples. Easy-peasy, right?

8. Freeze Fresh Herbs Into Ice Cubes!

When you can't use all those fresh herbs before they lose their mojo, here's one of my favorite hacks – freeze them in ice cube trays! Perfect for:

  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Mint
  • Dill
  • Oregano
  • Sage
  • Chives
  • Thyme
  • Cilantro

Simply chop up your herbs, toss them into a silicone ice cube tray, and pour in your favorite oil (I'm all about the olive love but you could also use water). Whenever you need a burst of freshness, just pop one out! And while you're at it try out my Citrus Ginger Turmeric Ice Cubes recipe next!

Fresh produce of avocados cut in half on a grey countertop.

9. Put Lemon Juice On Your Avocado

To keep a cut avocado fresh, leave the pit in the unused half, sprinkle exposed flesh with citrus juice, and tightly wrap it in plastic or store it in an airtight container in the fridge. This helps prevent browning, and it should stay fresh for a day or two! Ripe avocados can be kept in the fridge to halt the ripening process. Check out my post on Avocado Health Benefits if you are a lover of this creamy fruit to learn more!

10. Make An Asparagus + Herb Vase

Keep your asparagus or herbs fresh by wrapping damp paper towels around their bases or storing them upright in a glass with about an inch of water. This trick works wonders for herbs like cilantro, parsley, mint, and dill, ensuring they stay hydrated and resist wilting--- Pop a plastic bag on top of the herbs also.

There you have it— 10 tips to keep your fruits + vegetables fresh for weeks. I hope these help you make the most of your groceries and enjoy fresh, flavorful meals! If you are looking for any meal inspiration check out my "What To Eat This Week" series for some seriously delicious + healthy eats.

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