Tips to Extend Your Veggie Life, Save Money and Look After Our Planet - 24Seven Wellness & Living

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Did you know that nearly 40 percent of all the food produced in the US alone ends up being thrown out. For instance an average American family literally throws away the equivalent of $2,275 annually. Not only does this affect your bank balance but it also has a significant impact on our environment. Food waste is the single largest component of solid waste in US landfills today.

So looking after your bottom dollar will ultimately also take care of our planet. So here are a few simple ways to extend the life of fresh produce.

Do not store onions and potatoes next to each other – the gases given off from one will affect the other.

Don’t put all of your foods in the refrigerator as some foods simply don’t need it and do better at room temperature.

Keeping less in your refrigerator may mean that you don’t need such a large appliance which will lead to environment and financial savings.

Some fruits produce ethylene gas that can cause vegetables in close proximity to spoil more rapidly therefore store these at room temperature rather than in the fridge.

Fruits that should not be stored in the fridge include:

•avocados

•apricots

•bananas

•oranges

•kiwi

•melons

•nectarines

•pears

•peaches

•plums

•pineapple

•tomatoes

Wrap green peppers, broccoli and celery in foil to increase their shelf life.

Perforate your bag of carrots and lay on a paper towel in your refrigerator.

Clean your refrigerator veggie draw out once a week to avoid the accumulation of bacteria which will contribute to less spoilage.

Wrap cheese in cheese or wax paper.

Store mushrooms in a brown paper bag.