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Keeping Your Fruits and Veggies Fresh

 

We all know fruit and vegetables are an important part of our healthy lifestyle.  They provide much needed vitamins, minerals, and heart healthy fiber to our diets.  However, without proper storage, you’ll end up with more waste than benefits.  For the best fruit and veggie storage advice, I turn to the experts–Fruits & Veggies–More Matters.  One key rule to remember is FIFO: First In First Out.  And, this applies to all forms of fruit and veggies–fresh, frozen, canned, and dried. 

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Courtesy of Fruits & Veggies–More Matters

 

In addition to this rule, there are some other tips to keep in mind when dealing with specific forms.

 

Frozen:

  • Store at 0°F or less
  • Use before the “use by” date on the package
  • As a general rule, use within 6 months

Canned:

  • Check the “use by” date on the can
  • Most canned goods have a shelf life of about 2 years
  • Store at room temperature (75°F)

Dried:

  • Store in a cool, dry place (warmth makes the dried produce spoil faster)
  • Some dried foods may be refrigerated, check the package
  • Use before the “use by” date on the package
  • Most will last 4 months to a year

Fresh:

  • Specific fruit and veggies have specific storage requirements.  Fruits & Veggies–More Matters has created this printable handy chart to help you determine how to keep your produce fresh as long as possible
  • As a general rule use within a few days
 

By following these simple guidelines you’ll end up with fruit and veggies that are at their very best flavor and less waste, which means saving money!  I’ll be back next Monday with a heart healthy Valentine’s menu for your sweetheart.

 

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