If you are like me, you are always looking for ways to make your produce, last longer. As I was putting away some cucumbers last night, this post idea came to me. My mom has passed along a few tips and tricks to me which I thought I would share.
To sum it up, paper towels are basically your best friend. They help to soak up the moisture to keep things crisp and fresh! Below are the three things I have found last longer with the help of paper towels.
1. Lettuce. This is a game changer and works in so many different ways. If you buy a head of lettuce, a bag of salad, a container of salad, this trick works. My mom always buys a head of lettuce, cuts it up and washes it. To store, make sure your dry the lettuce as much as possible before putting in a ziploc bag. Add in a square or two of paper towels and this will help keep your lettuce from growing gross and soggy. I have done this with prepackaged bags of salads, as well as the plastic container of salad. Once I open it up, I just add in a paper towel and I get more days of fresh lettuce or salad. I have done this with hearts of romaine that haven't been cut yet, and it helps those last, too.
2. Cucumbers. Cucumbers are one of my favorite veggies. I love the crisp bite of them, they are great plain or with some hummus or dip. Sometimes when I don't want to cook vegetables, I will cut up a cucumber instead. I buy the tiny ones that come in a pack of 8 or so. I just grab them as I am actually going to eat them, so the remaining cucumbers I stick in a baggie with a paper towel. Do NOT wash them prior to doing this - they will not last as long.
3. Grapes. My mom said she actually got this bit of info from my grandma recently. When I keep grapes, I wash them, then put them in a tupperware bowl in the fridge, uncovered. For this trick, you take a piece of paper towel (I fold mine in a square) and place in the bottom of your bowl.
A non-paper towel trick that my mom swears by is storing carrots and celery in water. She washes the items, cuts them, puts them in a tupperware container, covers the veggies with water, then cover with the container top. This helps the carrots main their color and not get that white dry look, as well as keeps the celery from getting the dark cut ends.
These are just quick, simple tricks that help me make the most of my produce! Do you have any tips or tricks?
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