Keep Your Produce Fresh This Summer

Your garden is starting to sprout and yield produce or you’re excited that the grocery store has your favorite summer produce. Buying and growing produce is a lot more effective if you keep your produce fresh this summer in the correct way.

Keep Your Produce Fresh This Summer

Fresh vegetables and fruit are hard to beat on a hot day–or any day for that matter. During summer, there are more types of produce, especially fruit, available because of warmer temperatures.

Fruits like watermelon, peaches, plums, nectarines, and berries are plentiful. Vegetables like corn, broccoli, and onions (all perfect for bbqing) are also freshly grown in summer.

Buying produce is one step, but often times we store them incorrectly, causing their shelf life to diminish. Knowing how to keep your produce fresh this summer is the most important step, besides eating them!

When you don’t store your produce correctly, your money and your food goes down the drain and cause you frustration.

Humidity Drawers

The large majority of refrigerators have 2 draws with humidity controls on them. You may have wondered if they in fact work or what they even do.

They do work and there are two drawers for a reason. Set one to high humidity and one to low. Some produce does better with more moisture, while others do not. So don’t just toss everything into the same drawer!

What to Keep in Each Drawer

Here’s an easy way to see how to keep your produce fresh this summer:

keep your produce fresh this summer

There are also certain fruits and vegetables that should not be mixed together, believe it or not. Some produce emit quite a bit of gas, which can be detrimental to the shelf life of another fruit or vegetable.

For reference:

Keep Your Produce Fresh This Summer

Eating fresh fruits and vegetables daily can greatly increase your energy and immune system. Take care of your produce and they will take care of you!

For even more tips, read this infographic!

Keep Your Produce Fresh This Summer

Resources

http://www.eatright.org/resource/homefoodsafety/multimedia/infographics/how-to-keep-produce-fresh-longer-infographic

https://recipes.heart.org/Articles/1047/Infographic-Produce-Storage

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