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How to keep fruits and veggies fresh longer

Now that I’m limiting my trips to the grocery store, we are having a fresh produce box delivered home. The box came with tons of yummy fresh produce so now I’m challenged with how to keep fruits and veggies fresh longer. It would be a shame for any of it to go bad and remember eat healthy feel great. Be aware, certain fruits and veggies release ethylene which speed up the ripening process.

Ways to keep fruits and veggies fresh longer

Use produce bags: keep fruit and veggies in a breathable storage bag like these pictured below:





Be cautious of cold sensitive produce like potatoes, garlic and onions. They do well in cool dark environment and not in the fridge.

The ethylene emitter produce like avocados, bananas, peaches and tomatoes need to be stored on the counter until ripe and then put in the fridge to lengthen shelf life. Store separate to keep from ripening too fast.

Do not wash mushrooms. Keep them in a sealed container in the fridge unwashed.

Keep apples, cantaloupe, apricots and honeydew in the fridge but separate from greens to prevent ethylene wilting the greens.

If you wish to ripen bananas quickly, separate individual fruits from the bunch.  Keeping the bunch together will slow the ripening process down.

If your desired fruit or veggie isn’t listed here stay tuned for more info later on how to keep other fruits and veggies fresh longer.

If you want to find out how to freeze apples, click here.

Can You Freeze Apples?

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10 thoughts on “How to keep fruits and veggies fresh longer”

  1. Hi Alyse S,

    Hope you are having a good day.

    Thank you very much for this great article, it is very important to know how to keep the fruit fresh longer, personally i face this problem a lot in summer. I didn’t know that there is bags for this that helps to keep them more longer.

    Keep up with the great and helpful article like this one, being healthy is very important to keep the health

  2. Thanks for these tips. We are trying to eat more healthy, but keeping out produce fresh longer is a big challenge. We have been getting produce in bulk and freeze all that we can, but still want to be able to enjoy fresh foods not frozen. My big question is, how do you keep lettuce fresh longer. We typical get it in bags already cut up. But maybe this isn’t the best way to get it. Can you freeze lettuce or cabbage? 

    We are going to try the reusable produce bags and see if that helps extend the life of our produce.

  3. Thank you for your blogs on how to keep our fruits and veggies fresh longer,  my family and I are practicing the same thing but we apply the FIFO, first in first out method as well.

    I am a vegetable lover and tried to do my own back yard gardening on numerous occasions but it doesn’t work for me.

    I love the way your website offer so many different ways we can stay healthy by eating healthy.

  4. Hello there! thanks a lot for this wonderful article… Storing our vegetables and fruits and keeping them fresh is a bit of an hurdle. Even if you store them in the refrigerator, there’s a point it’ll get to and reduce its freshness. Thank you for all the healthy tips. I Really appreciate it.

  5. Hello there, This is an amazing article that you have got here. these vegan preservative methods are great. Its so thoughtful of you to have come up with these preservative methods. I have had issues trying to preserve mine but most times I end up loosing it. Some time utvis damage by water other times they spoil in the place I hid it.

    Tbanks for sharing this with me. Now I can keep them fresh.


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