Extending Shelf Life

You may be worried about the shelf life of fruits and veggies, but you can keep produce fresh for longer by keeping these things in mind:

  • Keep produce away from cleaning supplies and other chemicals to prevent contamination.
  • Only wash vegetables right before you use them, because extra moisture can cause molding.
  • Avoid over packing your fridge since it can reduce airflow and produce will spoil quicker.
  • Freeze fruits and veggies so that they last a few months, sometimes even more than a year.
  • Make sure that bananas, apples and pears are away from other fruits and vegetables because they will spoil faster.
  • Cook veggies the way you want and save them in an air tight container in the freezer or fridge. They will last longer when frozen and retain more of their vitamins and nutrients.
  • Canned fruits and veggies have nutritional value, don’t cost much and take a while to expire.
  • Cherries will last up to a week when refrigerated.
  • Apples will keep on the counter for about a week.
  • Melons can last up to five days on the counter, uncut. If cut it’s about three to four days.
  • When refrigerated, citrus fruits can last up to three weeks. When at room temperature they can make it about a week.
  • Blueberries strawberries, and raspberries will last in the fridge for about a week.
  • Check out this table from the University of California at Davis for more.

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