Keeping your Produce Fresh!

Mar 6, 2012 by

Harvest Fruit by AAdrian


Now that we are all on the path to keeping boat loads of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs in our homes at all times, we must talk about keeping them fresh! There is absolutely nothing more frustrating and just right out sad when you go to eat the piece of fruit or vegetable that you have been saving, and low and behold it has wilted and died. All your fantasies of juicy yumminess have flown out the window. Therefore, in order to SAVE our fresh produce from a dilapidated death, let’s take a look at how to properly store them.


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I must also mention that our very dear farmer friends have gone to all the trouble of planting, caring for, nurturing, harvesting, packaging, transporting and then selling us their fabulously nutritious food, so the least we can do is keep it alive and fresh long enough for us to enjoy it!


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  1. Mary Swanson

    An E.G.G., Ethylene Gas Guardian, absorbs that ethylene, and preserves the freshness of your produce. You’ll be amazed at how much less food you’ll waste, and how much money you’ll save.

    Check this for more info

  2. Cortney

    I feel richer already! No more wasted food.

  3. melanie

    This is great! Thank you I will definitely be using this!

  4. What about Kale????

    • lauren

      I treat the Kale like the Collard Greens. So good!

    • Leanne

      Kale ….is under the greens section , place in a cup of water in the fridge , it is how I always store mine as above and works great 🙂

  5. Connie

    You didn’t mentio I store garlic, peeled in a jar with oil covering the garlic. It lasts for a very long time that way. Also ginger roots are stored long term in white wine. Both should be refrigerated and covered completely in the liquids.n garlic or ginger.

  6. Nifer

    Basil is not hard to store at all! Just cut off the ends and place in a glass of water on your counter. They will last forever. In fact, they have starter to grow roots on me in in the past because I hadn’t touched them in a week or two. I simply planted them into a pot of soil, and they thrived into plants!!

  7. Lauren

    I just trimmed my basil stems and loosely packed them in a tupperware container with the lid on. I have not had much luck storing basil (the water glass method has failed me repeatedly) and I’m a bit nervous, as I’d like to use it two days from now. Will it be okay without air or water? Have you personally had luck with the airtight container method?

    • lauren

      Hi Lauren – it does seem to work for me, but maybe it does have to do with the humidity and temp of where it is stored as well. Let me know if it works!

  8. debbie

    I left fresh celery out alnight on my counter is it ok to still eat it?

  9. Yani

    Do carrots need to be refrigerated? Also, how long does it take for potatoes and sweet potatoes to go bad?


    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Lauren aka The Holy Kale

      Yes carrots do need to be refrigerated. As for potatoes and sweet potatoes, they are best stored in a cool dark place such as a cabinet. Their shelf life depends on a few factors, but 3 weeks to 2 months is the range. Once they get soft or bud, then they should be tossed.


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