Thursday, October 13, 2016

Produce Storage Tips & Tricks

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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18 comments:

  1. Intersting!!!!! Okay so is your paper towel wet or dry when you put it in with the fruit or veggies? I'm assuming dry but I just wanted to make sure! I'm going to try this trick on our grapes because we keep grapes here all the time!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  2. oh my gosh I had to giggle a little because my Mom also passed this same paper towel tip on to me! She also showed me to put my lettuce in a zip lock wrapped in paper towels. Great Moms must think alike!!

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  3. Awesome tricks! My parents use the paper towel trick on lettuce too!

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  4. I love my produce, but hate how quickly some of it goes bad. The lettuce tip is something I'm going to definitely try, I usually buy a head of lettuce and then don't use it for 2 days and it goes bad. I had no clue that salad bags could get another day of use by simply adding paper towels to it.

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  5. That is crazy about the lettuce, and now I'm remember my Grandma doing that as I grew up! What a good tip! Thanks!

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  6. Definitely trying this with lettuce, mine always goes bad so fast!!

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  7. Awesome tip! Thanks for sharing!

    xx
    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

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  8. These are all great tips!! Thanks for sharing :) I'm going to give the lettuce & grapes one a try!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  9. Totally going to try these paper towel tricks! I do agree with your mom on storing the carrots and celery in water...makes a huge difference!

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  10. This is so smart, Emily! And that is so brilliant to put paper towels in with your lettuce. Just last Sunday Brian's mom sent me home with a ton of lettuce from her garden and I immediately washed it and put it in a bag and in the fridge to keep it fresh. The very next morning the lettuce was super limp and starting to look like it was going bad, and I guess it was because there was too much moisture in the bag. I'm totally going to start doing this! I eat a salad almost every day for lunch, so I use a TON of lettuce!

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  11. I need to try this! I hate how long our produce doesn't last when we go shopping on Sundays and eat dinner on Thursdays. I never would have thought that a paper towel would be so powerful!

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  12. Who knew paper towels were so helpful!?! I've got to try your lettuce trick because my lettuce gets wilty so quickly. I love the other suggestions. We are huge cucumber eaters so that will come in handy and I can't wait to try it out on grapes. Thank you for sharing!

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  13. Great tips!! I've been using your strawberry tip since you shared that a few months ago!! :)

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  14. I need to try these tips immediately! Who knew paper towels would be so useful?! I have never heard of keeping carrots and celery in water, but it does make sense!

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  15. I never thought to keep them in water.That;s genius!!

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  16. So interesting!! With the lettuce, is the paper towel dry? I'm sure it is just want to double check lol. Thanks for sharing these tips!! I never knew that about lettuce, and definitely will start doing this!

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  17. I think my mom does all of these things too-- moms know best :)

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