Waste Prevention Tips
Here are some handy ways to prevent fruit and vegetable waste.
BROCCOLI - Store in an open plastic bag or freeze it!
The key to keeping broccoli for longer once purchased is keeping it unwashed in the fridge and allowing for some air circulation but not too much! If you think you might not use it right away, then wash, chop, blanch it (1.5 min in boiling water), cool it and spread it out on a baking sheet to freeze overnight. In the morning, put pieces in a freezer bag!
AVOCADOS - A little lemon juice will slow browning.
The citric acid in lemon juice is an antioxidant and will prevent avocados from browning as quick as they would normally.
PEPPERS - Freeze them!
If you have peppers that you will not be able to use, cut them into strips, spread them on a baking sheet and freeze. Once frozen, you can place them in a freezer bag and store in the freezer until you need them.
BROCCOLI - Stems are good.
Broccoli stems have as much nutrition in them as the florets, so why not try incorporating them into your meals? Recipes ideas like this one for Broccoli Stem Salad (see our Veg & Salad Recipes) are a great way to use all of your whole broccoli!
APPLES - Refrigerate to prolong shelf life.
If you want to prolong shelf life of your apples, refrigerate them.
POTATOES - Avoid direct sunlight at all costs.
Potatoes need to be stored in a dark, dry place, away from direct sunlight in order to prevent them from greening.
GRAPES - Freeze them!
For those of you trying to wean yourselves off of sweets and wine gums, try substituting a grape; freeze the grapes until they are hard, then enjoy just like a jelly tot!
ONIONS - Keep away from other produce.
Onions draw moisture from vegetables when they are stored with them, which may cause other fruit and vegetables to decay quicker.
RASPBERRIES - Need breathing room.
Raspberries can be spread out on a paper towel on the a plate in the fridge to prevent spoilage.
ASPARAGUS - Stand in a cup of water.
If you store asparagus in the fridge, standing up in a cup of water, it will prolong their shelf life significantly.
CAULIFLOWER LEAVES - They are perfectly edible!
Most people automatically discard the leaves when they prepare their cauliflower, but you shouldn't. They are full of nutrients and can be incorporated into numerous recipes.