We’ve all opened the fridge to discover the shelf life of fresh produce isn’t what we expected.
Discovering the cilantro from a few days ago has turned brown before you could make salsa, or that the carrots are too floppy to roast, isn’t just an inconvenience—it also has an impact on the environment. American consumers let about 67 million tons of food go to waste each year, according to a report from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.
Pela compiled a list of 10 tips for properly storing fruits and vegetables to extend their freshness. Tips were sourced from GRACE Communications Foundation’s FoodPrint project and farm and education center Cedar Circle, as well as a variety of news outlets and authoritative food and recipe sites.
Some of the forthcoming produce hacks just require thinking ahead, such as separating certain vegetables and fruits. Others just require a basic understanding of the tools already at your disposal, such as your fridge’s crisper drawers. Since these drawers are more humid than the rest of the refrigerator, they’re ideal for storing leafy greens and thin-skinned vegetables like asparagus.
Keep reading to learn 10 easy ways to extend the shelf life of your produce.