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Eating more fruits and vegetables is a requirement for every healthy eater.

Banana bread using cake mix But when you buy more fresh produce, do you end up throwing away more than you eat? You’re not alone.

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the average American family of four throws out approximately 25 percent of the food and beverages they buy–amounting to $1,365 to $2,275 annually.

Storing fresh produce is a little more complicated than you might think. Banana bread using applesauce If you want to prevent spoilage, certain foods shouldn’t be stored together at all, while others that we commonly keep in the fridge should actually be left on the countertop. Banana bread using oil To keep your produce optimally fresh (and cut down on food waste), use this handy guide. Bananas foster bread pudding Countertop Storage Tips

There’s nothing as inviting as a big bowl of crisp apples on the kitchen counter. Banana bread with yogurt recipe To keep those apples crisp and all countertop-stored produce fresh, store them out of direct sunlight, either directly on the countertop, in an uncovered bowl, or inside a perforated plastic bag. Banana bread with yogurt and applesauce Refrigerator Storage Tips

For produce that is best stored in the refrigerator, remember the following guidelines.

Keep produce in perforated plastic bags in the produce drawer of the refrigerator. Banana bread with yogurt and oil (To perforate bags, punch holes in the bag with a sharp object, spacing them about as far apart as the holes you see in supermarket apple bags.)

Keep fruits and vegetables separate, in different drawers, because ethylene can build up in the fridge, causing spoilage.

When storing herbs (and interestingly, asparagus, too), snip off the ends, store upright in a glass of water (like flowers in a vase) and cover with a plastic bag.

What to Store Where: A Handy Chart Be sure to “Pin” this chart and color-coded key:

*More about Ethylene: Fruits and vegetables give off an odorless, harmless and tasteless gas called ethylene after they’re picked. Banana nut bread beer All fruits and vegetables produce it, but some foods produce it in greater quantities. Banana nut bread calories When ethylene-producing foods are kept in close proximity with ethylene-sensitive foods, especially in a confined space (like a bag or drawer), the gas will speed up the ripening process of the other produce. Banana nut bread with chocolate chips Use this to your advantage if you want to speed up the ripening process of an unripe fruit, for example, by putting an apple in a bag with an unripe avocado. Banana nut bread healthy But if you want your already-ripe foods to last longer, remember to keep them away from ethylene-producing foods, as designated in the chart above.

Food is expensive, and most people can’t afford to waste it. Banana nut bread cake Print off this handy chart to keep in your kitchen so you can refer to it after every shopping trip. Banana nut bread pioneer woman Then you’ll be able to follow-through with your good intentions to eat your 5-9 servings a day, instead of letting all of that healthy food go to waste.

Tho everyone says not to wash produce until you use it, letting your strawberries/ raspberries/ any berries rest a while in cool water which has a sploosh of vinegar added to it will double the storage time. Banana nut bread with buttermilk Maybe longer. Easy banana bread no eggs The vinegar cannot be tasted.

I only wish this worked for all of mine. How to make banana bread pudding If I leave tomatoes on the counter they turn black by 2 days. How to make banana bread without eggs Same with bananas. Banana nut bread recipe healthy In fact, most things will rot in my house. Healthy banana bread muffins Potatoes usually start growing stems within a couple weeks. Best banana bread recipe uk Apples have to go in the fridge or they will start getting sot and wrinkled. Best banana bread recipe sour cream I always hear don’t ever refrigerate a tomato or a couple other things, but I still do. Banana bread with sour cream martha stewart I lose things to rotting even then.

I used to keep al those things out of the fridge but since moving to Auckland which is humid and very warm nothing, except potatoes, keep if not kept in the fridge.

No one eats watermelon unless it is straight out of the fridge.

Whoa! I’ve been putting EVERYTHING in the fridge! Good to know, and saves space.

When I have things that do go bad, I throw it to the chickens. Banana bread with sour cream and chocolate chips They eat everything, and I have the best looking chickens around!!

Thanks for the info.! Really cool! I didn’t see anything about tomatoes either, but with homegrown, I always keep them in the window until red ripe and then just on the counter away from direct sunlight. Banana bread with sour cream and brown sugar So when I buy them, I just store them on the counter too. Banana bread nutrition facts And use asap.

A former newspaper reporter, Stepfanie now writes about nutrition, health, fitness and cooking. Healthy banana bread with greek yogurt She is a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher who enjoys running, international travel and all kinds of vegetables. Moist banana bread muffins See all of Stepfanie’s articles.

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