Waste-Less Tips for Storing Produce

 

What category of food do you end up throwing out the most? If it’s produce, you’re definitely not alone. The average household ends up throwing out 22 percent of all the fresh fruits and vegetables they buy—that’s more than two of every ten strawberries! If you want to ensure you’ll eat all that healthy produce before it goes bad, it helps to know how long it will last and where to store it for maximum shelf life. To help, Sustainable America created the handy produce storage cheat sheet below that you can print, hang on your fridge, and consult when you’re unpacking your groceries. First, a few general tips:

 

  • Most fruits ripen best at room temperature. Once ripe, store fruit in the refrigerator in a plastic bag according to the times in the chart. 
  • Berries, cherries, grapes, and figs need to be refrigerated immediately. Discard any moldy berries before

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