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How to Make Fruits and Vegetables Stay Fresh Longer

What are some tips for making fresh produce last longer?

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Simple ways to preserve the freshness of your fruits and vegetables

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Keeping fruits and vegetables fresh for longer periods can be easy if you follow these simple tips and tricks. We all know how important it is to buy lots of fresh produce and make it available for kids to snack on easily. And these days, it's a good idea to save as much money as possible on grocery bills, and finding ways to make fresh fruits and vegetables last can be an easy way to save a few bucks -- especially if you buy organic -- while still keeping fresh ingredients on hand for healthy snacks and meals.

Carrots, turnips, beets
Cut off any green tops (they draw nutrients out of the roots). Place in a cold, dark place that is well-ventilated.

Greens
For lettuce, spinach, and other greens, store together in a low-humidity drawer or part of the fridge. Remove any wire ties and wash the greens. Shake off excess water and then roll in a kitchen towel (the towel will be damp, which will help keep the greens fresh). Or, put the greens in a plastic bag with a dry paper towel inside to absorb excess moisture. If you have greens in a plastic clamshell package, put a dry paper towel on the top or bottom to help absorb moisture.

Potatoes
Store in a cool and dry place. Add an apple or two (it helps them stay fresh longer and helps prevent sprouting)

Onions, eggplant
Keep them out of the refrigerator and try to space them apart so that they are not touching (they last longer when air is able to circulate around them).

Grapes, berries
Avoid washing before storing in the refrigerator.

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