Long days, breezy nights (for some of us) and delicious fruits and vegetables make summer time our favorite time of the year. Recently, many people have asked me how to best keep those fruits and veggies from going bad so quickly. Here are some pointers to help you keep your faves fresh.
While apples can be stored on the counter during the cooler months, you’re better off storing them in the refrigerator during summer. Simply place them in an open container with a damp paper towel over them. Be sure to check them regularly and remove any spoiled apples so the entire bunch doesn’t spoil.
These may be stored at room temperature until you’re ready to eat them. Don’t store avocados in the refrigerator until they’re sliced. To keep them from turning brown, spritz them with a little lime or lemon juice and store them in an airtight container.
You should be prepared to eat berries quickly as they are highly perishable. To prolong their life, keep them in the refrigerator in a sealed container.
The green stuff – Broccoli, Lettuce & Celery
The best way to keep these greens crisp is to wrap them in tin foil before storing them in the refrigerator. Your celery should last up to four weeks, lettuce up to six weeks and broccoli up to seven weeks.
The best way to keep these delights fresh is to keep them cold. Store them in the refrigerator in a plastic bag and don’t wash them until you’re ready to eat them.
Classified as berries, grapes may be stored in the refrigerator in their original plastic bag. If you aren’t able to eat grapes in the 3 to 5 days they should last, freeze them. Frozen grapes taste as good as a popsicle and are (I’m guessing) much healthier.
Watermelon and cantaloupe are most flavorful at room temperature. However, storing them in the refrigerator will make them last about 10 days longer. Just pull them out about 30 minutes before you’re ready to eat them.
Peaches and Nectarines
Purchased firm, peaches and nectarines may be stored at room temperature when you bring them home. As with cherries, don’t wash them until you’re ready to eat them.
Now you’re ready to fully enjoy the yummy fruits and veggies of summer!