This easy kitchen hacks post is sponsored by SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid. All opinions are mine!
Buying fresh produce is a great way to get the most nutrients out of your diet. However, what do you do to keep the fruits and veggies lasting long enough to actually eat them?! As a result of throwing away fresh produce, Americans waste $24 billion worth of produce every year, which is the equivalent of $192 per household.**
That’s insane! Luckily, there are some easy kitchen hacks that you can use to keep your produce lasting longer. Read on to find out our five best tips below!
5 Easy Kitchen Hacks to Keep Produce Lasting Longer
1. Skip the wash until you are ready to use your produce. Fresh foods will usually go bad faster if they are put into the fridge damp.
2. Store fresh vegetables and fruits separately. Some fruits can emit gases that will ripen other produce too quickly. Keeping things in separate drawers in the fridge will help prevent this!
3. Learn which produce should be stored where. Not all fruits and veggies do well in the cool fridge until they are used. Store onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, and pineapple should all be stored at room temperature.
4. Have a plan before you purchase anything fresh. By meal planning, you can make sure you use your fresh produce before it has a chance to go to waste.
5. Store your fresh produce in Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers. These containers use patented FreshVentTM technology which helps to keep your produce fresher up to 80% longer* than leaving the food in the product packaging or switching to a regular container.
Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers work by regulating the oxygen and carbon dioxide the produce is exposed to while in the fridge. This optimal environment allows the produce to stay fresh longer. Also, the containers offers a CrispTrayTM which helps reduce moisture and spoilage.
Using the Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers is super simple and doesn’t require that much extra work. Just move the produce from its store packaging to the container before placing it in the fridge. The filter in the lid doesn’t require replacements, as it lasts a lifetime!
We recently received the Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers to try in our kitchen. The set comes with three sizes of bowls: the small one is perfect for blueberries and raspberries, the medium size is great for strawberries, and the large container works great for salads and leafy greens.
I have to admit, I sort of forgot about the strawberries that I purchased and put in the Rubbermaid Food Saver container. However, even after six days after my purchase, they were still looking fresh and ready to eat!
One lucky From Mom’s Desk reader will win their own set of Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers! Enter to win by completing the form below. Giveaway ends 5/12. Good luck!
*Based on strawberries in FreshWorks™ containers vs. store packaging. Results may vary depending upon produce and use.
** Source: USDA 2014