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3 Tips to Prolong Shelf Life of Fruits and Vegetables

Save your fruits and vegetables (and money!) with these kitchen hacks.

Grocery shopping means getting ingredients to stock up your pantry. Good thing, many of the things we get—snacks, condiments, and drinks—are nonperishable, which means they are perfectly okay for staying on the shelf or on the kitchen counters for some time.

But it’s a whole different story when it comes to fresh produce such as meats, fruits, and vegetables. Meat and fish usually have to be kept in the freezer so bacteria wouldn’t form and it wouldn’t spoil easily. However, other produce like fruits and vegetables require various storing techniques to keep it fresh and good to eat. (LIST: Your Must-Have Items for a Perfectly Stocked Pantry)

So to keep you guided on the to-dos of storing fruits and vegetables in your kitchen, My Pope lists some tips that you can try at home! These tips save not only your food from going to waste, but also help you save money because you don’t have to keep on buying new ones.

Shelf Life 101: Leafy Greens

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Photo from Muy Bueno Cookbook

For leafy greens such as lettuce and cabbage, you shouldn’t wash them before storing. Instead, you should clean it with water before actually using it. You can also put a paper towel on top of the leaves before storing it so that excess moisture can be absorbed, thus extending its shelf life.

Shelf Life 101: Potatoes

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Photo from The Container Store

There’s a common misconception that potatoes should be kept in the vegetable chiller to keep it fresh for longer. But that’s not exactly the case for this vegetable since the cold temperature will cause the potato’s starch to turn into sugar, making it taste different. What you should do is store it in a cool, dry place, away from any kitchen appliance that can give off excessive amounts of heat like the stove or oven. You should also avoid washing potatoes before storing them.

Shelf Life 101: Tomatoes

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Photo from The Yummy Life, Sailu’s Food, and Natasha’s Kitchen

One of the ways to maintain the freshness of tomatoes is to blanch it. All you have to do place the tomatoes in a pot of boiling water and let it stay there for two to three minutes. Once done, remove the skin of the tomatoes. Get a glass jar and sprinkle some salt and place the tomatoes inside. Cover it with an airtight lid.

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