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3 Tips to Keep Veggies From Spoiling

This week, the New York Times published a study, showing that 40 percent of food waste occurs in the home. It's a distressing statistic that I am a part of; just last night I opened my crisper drawer to discover a sad bunch of broccoli rabe and a wilted red pepper. Wasting produce is bad for the planet, our wallets, and it's insulting to those who don't have the luxury of forgetting about food.

  • Plan ahead and only buy what's necessary. In the times I've been to France and Italy, I was impressed at how often people went shopping for food. People go to local markets almost daily to pick up ingredients for that night's dinner; it ensures that everything is at its freshest and also cuts down on waste. If frequent shopping isn't possible, plan your meals ahead of time. That way, when you do go to the market, you won't buy too much of anything.
  • Store produce in plain sight. Once produce goes into the crisper drawer, it's hidden away and easily forgotten. Instead, keep produce on refrigerator shelves as a visual reminder. If you're worried about produce spoiling outside of the crisper drawer, use Evert-Fresh or Debbie Meyer green bags, which actually work in keeping produce fresher, longer. Clear Tupperware also works well.
  • Preserve veggies by blanching or freezing. An easy way to preserve the freshness of vegetables is to blanch or freeze them. Both of these techniques help lock in the flavor and nutrients of veggies, while also making them last longer.
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pwest99 pwest99 6 years
I buy my fruits and vegetables daily and it has worked out very well for me. I used to waste so much by trying to plan weekly. That method just does not work for me!
RunningOnCoffee RunningOnCoffee 6 years
If fruit (like bananas or berries) start to get overripe, I cut them up & freeze them for use in the near-future for smoothies or baking. For some reason, I have it drilled into my head that going to the store frequently will cause you to over-spend on your groceries; but your first tip is right. If you are sticking to your list and buying just what you need, you will be less likely to buy extra and waste food.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I always go to the store on the same day each week and I only buy enough to last a week. That way, I'm always using up what I have and not buying too much food so it spoils.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 6 years
I usually have to shake out excess water from the kale I buy since they water it way too much. It just makes it go bad faster.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
I find that putting a paper towel that you switch out in the produce bag helps with veggies like cucumbers and tomatoes.
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