Let’s Talk Fruit and Veggies

The Fruit and Veggie Box is one of the most purchased boxes. We wanted to share some things with you to make sure your items stay fresh longer so you can reduce or eliminate any waste.

The items in the Fruit and Veggie Box should be refrigerated as soon as you get them home. Because of the temperature change going from a refrigerated truck into warmer weather, produce has a greater chance of molding.

Here are some other simple tips to help stretch their shelf life (and your budget):

  • Pitted fruits like peaches and plums should be stored on a counter or shelf at room temperature. However, if they become very ripe, put them in a plastic bag that has some small holes in it and keep in your refrigerator.
  • Bananas should also be stored at room temperature. If they are very ripe, place in the refrigerator – the skin will brown but the fruit inside is still good. If you know you will not be able to eat them all in time, take the peels off some and store in the freezer in a zip-locked plastic bag. They can then be used for smoothies or other recipes when thawed (like banana bread).
  • Apples should also be stored at room temperature and away from all other produce since they release a gas that speeds the ripening of other produce.
  • Root veggies like potatoes, yams and onions should be kept in a cool, dark location. Placing them in the fridge may cause their starch content to turn to sugar and make them go bad sooner.
  • And don’t use plastic bags… Yep. Don’t lock your produce in tight zip-locked plastic bags to stash in the fridge. This may decrease their life spans because of the locked-in moisture. Instead, line your crisper drawer with paper towels and store it there.

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