Mom Always Covers Her Produce With A Plastic Bag - The Reason Why Is Total Genius
Christina Caldwell 5/23/2016
We've all been there. You buy fruits or veggies for a recipe, but when you finally go to use them, they're spoiled. Don't stress! These grocery tips will keep your produce spoil-proof for longer.
Keep Asparagus Upright In A Jar
Pretend your bunch asparagus is a fresh batch of flowers! When you get home from the grocery store, immediately remove your asparagus from that little plastic produce bag and put it in a jar filled with shallow water with the tips sticking up. Place a plastic bag over the top, then pop the jar in the refrigerator. This will prevent the tips from getting mushy and spoiled for at least a week, according to Always Order Dessert.
Onions And Potatoes Are Enemies
Why can't all produce just get along? Onions and potatoes are mortal enemies. The gas released when the two are stored next to each other encourages potatoes to sprout and the onions to spoil, so store both veggies in a cool, dry place away from each other. Stored separately, both should last 3 weeks or longer.
Apples Are A Potato's Friend
While onions and potatoes are enemies, apples and potatoes are best buds. Store them near each other for crisp produce for several weeks.
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But Beware Of Spoiled Apples
It's true what they say! One bad apple can spoil the bunch. It's a great idiom to remember for when your kids are choosing friends, and also a handy kitchen tip. Who knew?
Vinegar Makes Berries Last Longer
Berries are one of the fastest fruits to spoil. Stave off that furry white mold with vinegar. Mix one part white or apple cider vinegar with 10 parts water in a bowl, then add your berries. Strawberries can last up to 2 weeks with this method, according to Passion for Savings.
Bottle Your Green Onions
Stop rot in green onions by chopping them up, funneling them into a plastic bottle and freezing. They'll stay crisp until you need them for a recipe or garnish, says Happy Money Saver. Just make sure they're completely dry before putting them into the bottle to prevent freezer burn.
Wrap Your Banana Stems
Banana bunches can be saved from spoiling with just a twist of plastic wrap or foil. Add a generous strip around the "crown" of the stems. A Bit of This, A Dash of That kept her bananas for 6 days with very little browning.
Brown Bag Your Mushrooms
Mushrooms typically come in cardboard containers wrapped with plastic, which isn't the ideal environment for the fantastic fungi. Instead, store them in a paper bag in the fridge. This will allow more oxygen to reach the mushrooms, allowing them to stay fresh for up to 2 weeks, writes Mom Prepares.
String Up Your Onions
It's an odd mix: Pantyhose and onions. Drop each onion into the stocking, then tie off the pantyhose to separate each bulb. Hang them in the pantry or another cool, dry place to keep onions fresh for a shocking 6 months, Pocket Pause writes.
Herbs On Demand
Fresh herbs can expire in just a couple days in the crisper. Instead, put fresh oregano, basil, thyme and other delicate herbs into an ice cube tray with olive oil instead of water, as Laughing Spatula recommends. This way you can add herbs to sauce and soup on demand!
Fresh For Less
The more your save your produce, the less you have to spend on replenishing it. These tips will not only keep your cooking fresh but also keep your wallet nice and fat.