Save Money by Extending the Life of Your Produce

vegetables in a basket

It’s no secret that eating fresh fruit and vegetables is good for your heath, but keeping them fresh until they’re consumed can be difficult. Did you know that the average household throws out an estimated $640 worth of food every year? Think what an extra $640 could do to your bank account! Extending the life of the groceries that you purchase can help ensure that you’re getting all the value out of the food that you purchase.

Plastic cling wrap around bananas stems

You may have seen this one on a life-hacks video before and questioned if it works, but we are here to tell you that it does work! Take a small piece of clear cling wrap and put it around the banana stem making sure it is secured tight and none of the stem is exposed to the air. Once you remove a banana make sure to re-cover the banana stem. This wrap will keep your bananas fresh for up to three to five days longer than normal.

Put avocados in the fridge

Avocados can be expensive, so don’t waste your money when you buy them by throwing them away. If you know you won’t be using them right away, but avocados that are not fully ripe, which will allow them to get ripe while at home. Ripe avocados (and bananas) should be stored in the refrigerator to increase to help them stay edible up to twice as long as normal.

Keep items in the correct spots

Make sure you know where every item you purchased belongs either in the fridge or pantry. Keep most of the vegetables, especially the lettuce in the crisper drawer; it is designed to keep your greens fresh and well, crisp. There are some items though you should not be storing in the fridge. A few of these include: tomatoes, potatoes and onions.

Only store certain items together

When you are unloading the groceries make it a point to pay attention to what you are storing together. You don’t want to store fruits that ripen quickly with vegetables that don’t; it will make the vegetables go bad more quickly. A few examples of things you should store together are apples and potatoes and avocados and cucumber.

Keep berries dry

It is important we wash berries from the grocery store before we eat them. However, you should just be washing the berries right before you eat them to help them last longer. By getting the berries wet and letting them sit for an extended period of time, you are encouraging mold growth. If you want to go another step further to keep your berries fresh longer, store your berries in a separate container than the one you bought them in.

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