I am the produce slayer. I always have these grand ideas for fruits and vegetables and then life gets in the way. Who hasn’t gone to the fridge and has found moldy berries, slimy salad mix, or a withered pepper? In an effort to waste less I’ve tried a few methods to help my produce stay fresher longer.
Peppers can be frozen. You can slice or dice them to your liking and place them in freezer bags. With the summer gardens, there never seems to be a shortage of green/red/yellow peppers. This is also true of the hot variety. Make sure you don’t leave too much air in the bag or they will run the risk of freezer burn.
I know bagged salad mixes are not sprouting up out of the ground, but how awesome would that be if it did? A common paper towel will extend the life of your salad mix. After opening insert a paper towel and close it. You can use the bag it comes in or transfer it to another sealing plastic food storage bag. It will wick away moisture and extend the life of your salad. For larger bags of salad change the paper towel after every use. Do you remember the salad you promised yourself you’d have with every meal to eat healthier? Or am I the only one who does that?
I can admit that I’ve had to toss our more pints and quarts of strawberries than I can count. I get them home and by day 2 or 3 a nice green film of fuzzy mold is marching across them and off into the trash can they go. For years I’ve seen tips on washing berries with water and vinegar to make them last longer. I never remembered about it until it was too late. While surfing on Facebook the tip popped up again. I shared it on my Angiee’s Elegant Eats page, not just to share with others but to remind myself to try it to see if it works. I can tell you that it does. I have a pint in the fridge that is a week old. The inedible green tops have withered and the berries have dried a bit but there is no mold. They will be perfect in a smoothie and for snacking. Again, I left them longer than intended as I was conducting an experiment of sorts to see how long it took them go bad being rinsed in the vinegar water. I would suggest eating them within a week as they are still plump and juicy. You can find all the instructions here at Hip2save.com .
Have you tried it or found other methods that have worked for you? Let’s discuss it!