Saving Fruit and Veg

How carefully do you choose your fruits and veggies? Here’s a shocking stat: The average U.S. household throws out nearly a quarter of the fruits and vegetables they buy. For a family of four, that adds up to about $500 each year, according to a study by the University of Arizona.You can save money by taking some extra time in the produce aisle.And knowing how to pick and store your produce can help extend shelf life so that it doesn’t get to the point where you have to throw it out. The first step is to immediately inspect your goods once you get home and pluck out any spoiled specimens.

It is really is true that one bad apple really can spoil the whole bunch. And it’s especially especially true for soft fruits such as peaches and nectarines. The higher the sugar content, the more likely a fruit is to spoil faster.

After weeding out any rotten pieces, make sure you store produce in optimal conditions. Take note of how fruit and veggies are displayed at the supermarket – it’s usually a good indicator of how they should be kept at home.

Cherries, for example, are packed and shipped in cold temperatures – so refrigeration is the best option.

Tomatoes, on the other hand, break down more quickly when refrigerated.

Most produce – especially mushrooms – is sensitive to moisture and stores better unwashed. A good rinse is best saved for right before eating or cooking. Adding citrus juice to pre-cut fruit can also keep them fresh longer.

If you’re not sure of the best way to store a particular fruit or vegetable, ask a produce department manager or check online.

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