5 Ways to Keep Your Produce Fresh

DSC_5821So your New Years Resolution was to eat more fruits and vegetables and now you’ve got a whole refrigerator full and it’s all spoiling faster than you can eat it! You’ve heard the saying “one bad apple spoils the bunch,” well it’s totally true! Here’s five ways to keep your produce crisp, free from mold, and lasting well over a week.

  1. Remove all greens from plastic bags, rinse them well, shake excess water from them and wrap them in linens.(Avoid paper towels-saves you money and less waste.) To extend their life further make sure to put them in the crisper, it will help them last 5 days longer.
  2. To store herbs & asparagus– cut ends and store in a glass of water and cover with a clear plastic bag.
  3. Store all these goodies on a countertop uncovered and out of sunlight. Apples, bananas, lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, garlic, and ginger.
  4. Save berries from mold by mixing 1 part white or apple cider vinegar and 10 parts water. Dump berries into container and swirl for about 30 seconds. Rinse, drain, and towel dry. Store in a breathable container and pop them back into the fridge.
  5. Cut tops off strawberries once you get them home, place back in the container and into the fridge.Cutting the green tops off keeps the ethylene gases from allowing them to ripen too quickly.  Also revive wilted lettuces and greens by submerging them in cold water for 30-60 minutes. (This is my grandmother’s trick-her salad greens where always in water until dinner.)

Hope these quick little ideas help keep your money in your pocket and your fridge stocked with fresh, beautiful, and healthy produce!

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About Farm, Foodie and Fitness

Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

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