5 Tricks To Make Your Produce Taste Better & Last Longer. Well, no wonder produce is so blasted expensive! Simply between getting it out of the store or from the Farmer’s Market and into my fridge has been enough to make some of these nervous nellies expire right in the grocery bag. Spend the extra $ for organic, and you can see the mold creep on to that peach as you enter the checkout line.
However, a chat with your produce fella at the store can yield some valuable advice about how to make these most delicate of flowers continue to bloom at home in your crisper. They just need a little help.
5 Tricks To Make Your Produce Taste Better & Last Longer
1. Your Lemons & Limes Can Be A Home Decor Item Or Food. Not both? Here’s why. Yes, your citrus does stay juicy and nice sitting on the counter and looking pretty in a bowl–for about a week at the most. However, everything from oranges to grapefruit will stay juicy and tasty longer in the fridge–usually two weeks–longer than sitting out. However, if you take out your lemons a few minutes before using them to let them warm up to room temperature, they’ll be delightfully juicy.
2. Grapes Are Sneaky. We have to do a little reading to see how fresh they actually are. First, checking to see if the grapes are wrinkled where they meet the stem is task #1. But read the label: grapes from Chile could be months old by the time they reach the grocer– no matter how well the growers try to store them. Grapes from Mexico tend to be from field to store within a week. Store the grapes in their little perforated plastic bag in your fridge the keep them fresh for 2 weeks.
3. Asparagus Need Water. Notice how they’re usually sitting up with their stems in a bit of water at the store? Asparagus is actually part of the Lily family: they need water to stay crisp. Store them upright in the fridge with the stems in a half inch of water. Sneaky inside tip: those little green guys went limp? Roll them up in a wet paper towel for an hour and they’ll get nice and crisp again.
4. Eat Your Strawberries Warm, Not Chilled. Strawberries are at their most heavenly when pulled off the stem and popped into your mouth, right? Sun-warmed, sweet. Eating strawberries directly from the fridge hugely dulls their flavor. Sneaky inside tip: if you quicky simmer (like, 1 minute!) the berries in very hot water, then let them air dry on a paper towel before putting them in the fridge, you’ll extend their life by stopping mold growth.
Correct Tomato Placement. Fussy, eh? Here’s the deal: if you’re putting them on a sunny windowsill to ripen, store them stem-side up. This way, the fragile top of the tomato doesn’t “get gooshy,” as my Zoe says. However, if the stem is already pulled off, store them stem-side down so that air doesn’t enter and moisture doesn’t escape from the opening where the stem used to be.