We know, we know! It feels like we're always in a hurry. Taking the children to school, going to class, appointments, events, work, outings...the list goes on! But taking time to grocery shop is an important task because, well, it's the food you eat! And if you're spending all that time running around - a healthy, nutritional diet is needed to keep your body full of energy and life.
Picking out the right fruits and veggies for your diet is extremely important, and varies from person to person. This also depends on your nutritional needs. However, an assortment of succulent produce carries an abundance of vitamins and nutrients essential to your health.
How many times have you bought fresh, beautiful vegetables and fruit, only for it to end up in your trash? What a waste of time and money! We hate seeing it go, just as much as you do. Although fresh produce should really be eaten within a few days, these little tips will hopefully save you from having to toss those beauties.
Keep the nutrients alive!
Sweet Fruits and Citrus
Items like apples, bananas, pears, oranges, grapefruit, limes, lemons...etc.
Keep on counter-top in kitchen with room temperature, away from one another
Citrus fruit can be extended by another day if it gets too ripe by putting it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life for at least 1-2 days
Fruits give out a plant hormone (gas) that's called ethylene. Fruits such as apples give out this gas, and when you pair fruits like apples and bananas together, the fruits will ripen quicker because it triggers the cells to degrade. So keep them apart!
To slow down the process, you can purchase a product called "Blu Apple" which helps absorb the gas and also adds life to your produce. You can find information on that product here.
These include produce like tomato, avocado, and squash. Any type of fruit with a seed inside. Did you know that an avocado is actually a fruit? Yes, it is!
These should be stored on the counter-top in room temperature
These items can go into the refrigerator to help slow down the ripening process
Hint: If an avocado gets too ripe too soon, make guacamole! Add garlic, cilantro, lime, tomato, green chilies, & salt & pepper. Nom!
Any other type of these savory fruits you can leave on the counter top also in room temperature
If you're looking to speed up the ripening process, place produce in plastic bag and leave on counter-top in room temp.
These include items like potatoes, onions, garlic, sweet potatoes, and so on.
Store in a cool, dark place at room temperature
If not stored at room temperature, the roots will begin to sprout
Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries...all the berries!
All types of berries should be gently washed and kept in the refrigerator. Don't wash them until you are ready to eat, because water will actually degrade the quality.
If you want to keep the berries for a significant amount of time, you can put them in a bag, freeze them & store them for later. Perfect for smoothies!
Lettuce & Herbs
Any type of mixed greens should be rinsed then dried. Use a salad spinner to get the excess water from the leaves out.
If you don't have a salad spinner, you can block the moister by using a paper towel. Just place the paper towel inside a plastic bag with the lettuce.
It can then be stored in the refrigerator
For any type of herb, wrap a damp paper towel around the bottom of the roots, they should keep for quite a while like this
Other: Radishes, raw onion, and cucumbers also need to be kept in the refrigerator.
Carrots & Beets (and other leafy veg)
After you get home, cut off the leafy greens on the end of vegetables. Don't leave them attached when you store them
These can be stored in the refrigerator with other produce
Remember to pick out the fruits and veggies you know you love, and don't forget to try new ones! Look at our Pinterest page for tasty recipes!
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