Oh, there it is! Yuck!! The slimy cucumber or the head of lettuce that looks like something from a sci-fi movie. Gross!! And so frustrating! It’s like flushing money down the toilet when produce goes to waste faster than we were able to use it up. And don’t get me started with the time it now takes to pull the bin out and scrub the green muck off. Ugh!
Let me share with you what I have learned that minimizes this happening to those precious healthy vegetables and fruits.
Leafy greens – Leafy greens of all kinds will stay fresher if you rinse them when you come home, wrap them in a paper towel or tea towel and refrigerate in a plastic sealed container or in a plastic Ziploc type bag. And, by washing them when you get home from the store you save yourself a food prep step as now they are ready to be used in a salad or recipe. Bam! Bonus!
Tomatoes – When you first bring them home from the store don’t put them in the fridge right away. Store them at room temp away from direct sunlight to help them ripen evenly. Then refrigerate after they completely ripen in the produce bin on top of the other veggies. This will keep them flavorful and tasty longer. Yum!
DO NOT put these in your fridge! – Some produce needs to be in a cool dark place to stay fresh. Onions (besides green onions), potatoes, garlic, sweet potatoes, winter squashes (acorn, spaghetti, butternut, pumpkin), and yams all fall into this group.
The Ready to Eat Mindset – When you get home from the store, take a few minutes and wash carrots, cucumbers, sugar snap peas, radishes, peppers, grape tomatoes, celery, broccoli, cauliflower and cut them up into ready to eat sizes and store in sealed airtight containers ready for you and the kids to grab and eat. It takes a bit of time, but if the veggies are easy to get to and eat then you are less likely to have your veggies go bad. Once my kids learned that the veggies didn’t need to be washed to be consumed they gobbled them up and those precious healthy veggies didn’t get all slimy and sci-fi looking. 😉
And to help the kids know where to find these nutritious fruits and veggie snacks, I bought special containers from Amazon called Snapware. Easy for their little hands to open and seal back up and designed to keep produce fresh. I highly recommend them!
And speaking of yummy things like veggies… if you missed these blog posts featuring some of my most popular and easy kid-friendly recipes check them out below.