It’s always a bummer when you have to toss out that head of lettuce or bunch of grapes you just purchased recently. Keeping your produce fresh can be challenging, but there are simple steps to extend the life of your fruits and vegetables. Here are some tips on how to make your produce last longer in the fridge.
Store at the Right Temperature
Different types of produce require different storage temperatures. For example, leafy greens and herbs should be stored at a colder temperature than fruit. Check the packaging or the product brand’s website to find out the optimal storage temperature for each kind of produce.
Separate Ethylene Producing Fruits
Some fruits, like apples and bananas, produce a gas called ethylene. This gas can cause other fruits and vegetables to spoil more quickly. Keep ethylene-producing fruits separate from other produce to prevent premature spoilage. For instance, both bananas and apples can be stored on a countertop or in a pantry.
Use Airtight Containers
Storing produce in airtight containers can help to keep moisture in and prevent air exposure, which can lead to spoilage. Mason jars are an inexpensive, great way to store berries, cherry tomatoes, or even lettuce.
Keep Your Produce Dry
Moisture can cause produce to spoil quickly. Before storing them, make sure they are completely dry. You can use a clean towel to pat produce dry or a salad spinner to remove excess moisture.
Clean Your Fridge Regularly
A dirty fridge can harbor bacteria and mold, which can cause produce to spoil more quickly. Wipe down shelves and drawers with a damp cloth and a mild cleaner regularly to keep your fridge clean and sanitary.
If you’ve followed all these tips and your produce is still spoiling quickly, you may have a problem with your fridge. Give Express Appliance Service a call today.