Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Thrifty Tip #5: Keeping Food Fresh

A sneaky way to save money is to store fresh produce properly so it doesn't go bad before you use it.

On the counter, out of direct light:
• Unripe fruit like citrus or apples (they will not ripen if chilled)
• Tomatoes (they lose flavor and texture if chilled)
• Garlic
• Fresh ginger
• Potatoes (or in a dark cupboard)
• Winter squash
• Onions
• Stone fruits
• Strawberries
• Avocados

To be refrigerated:
• Ripe citrus (can also be left on counter)
• Berries (in a vented container)
• Celery
• Carrots
• Apples (can also be left on counter)
• Cut fruit
• Radishes
• Greens such as spinach and lettuce (wrapped loosely in plastic)
• Fresh herbs
• Asparagus (can be stored standing in a cup of water for maximum freshness)
• Rhubarb
• Kiwi
• hot peppers
• cucumbers

Keep fruits and vegetables separate as some fruits (apples are one) give off ethylene gas which can speed up the ripening process of other foods and can lead to spoilage. It is also important to clean out your produce bin frequently as possible- any rotten food can cause fresh food to spoil more quickly.

You all you know I love Tupperware more than I should but they have a line of products called FridgeSmart® which are amazing. They are like little extra produce bins for your refrigerator and they keep things fresh forever.