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If you feel like you’re constantly throwing out your produce and herbs within days of buying them, you’re probably not storing your food correctly.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind next time you’re unloading a grocery store haul or putting away leftovers:
1. Squeeze lemon juice on a halved avocado and wrap it in plastic before storing it in the fridge. This will keep it green and delicious for up to 24 hours.
2. If you have a half-eaten banana that still has its peel, you can wrap it in aluminum and store it in the fridge for up to two days.
3. You should be keeping tomatoes on your countertop unwrapped or in a vented container. Those can last up to five days.
4. Broccoli that has been wrapped in plastic can be kept in the fridge for up to five days.
5. Dark, leafy greens like kale need to be placed in a plastic bag with a dry paper towel before being put inside the produce drawer in your fridge, for up to one week.
6. You can store unwrapped or whole garlic in a dark pantry for up to two months.
7. Unwrapped and whole ginger will last in your fridge for up to one month.
8. If you place a halved onion in a plastic bag and seal it tightly, it will last in the fridge for three to five days.
9. Place a bunch of basil in a glass and fill it with water to the point that the stems are covered, then gently cover the whole plant with a plastic bag. This can be stored on your countertop for up to one week.
10. When wrapped in plastic and stored in the fridge, rosemary and thyme can last for up to two weeks.
11. Place cold cuts from the deli counter in a sealed bag with no air. They can be kept in the fridge for two weeks if unopened and one week if opened.
With these simple tips, you’ll be happily fed and free from any guilt about food waste.
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