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Storing foods correctly means they will taste better with less waste.

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"I avoid fresh produce because it goes bad right away."

  • Don't keep your produce in a sealed plastic bag, it will spoil more quickly.
  • Some foods give off a gas that ripens other foods more quickly. These foods include apples, avocados, bananas, pears, and tomatoes. Store foods away from these "gas releasers" so they don't ripen too quickly.
  • Eat more delicate foods first (like lettuce, mushrooms, and green beans), and eat the more sturdy foods later (like potatoes, winter squash, and carrots).
  • Fruits and vegetables can last longer if stored properly. Check out the "Discover Foods" section of this website to learn how to store specific foods.
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