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Proper Food Storage: The Ultimate Guide (Part I)

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Proper Food Storage: The Ultimate Guide (Part I)

 

How many times have you bought fresh produce, only to have to toss it a few days later because it got mushy, the leaves blackened, or it grew mold? Well, sure, produce doesn’t last forever, but there is a right way and a wrong way to store your food. What’s more, storing fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs properly lengthens their shelf life and keeps their natural flavor and texture intact. Click through to check out the best ways to store your food; you may be surprised at what you find out!

Tune in next week for part II of the guide, where we’ll take a deeper look into the best ways to store grains, oils, condiments and vinegars, and dairy products.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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2:19AM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

Thanks, I don't buy that much and use the simple advice of storing it the way the store does.

9:41PM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

Thanks.

9:41PM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

Thanks.

8:12PM PDT on Aug 21, 2012

Knew these but thanks, our food lasts a decent amount of time usually

9:15AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

I knew some of these but not all. I wish it had been on one page so I could have printed it out. Thanks.

8:23AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Great info!

8:19AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Thank you for the info!

2:18PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

Common sense but it is useful information.

11:38AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Marianne B: Just like Maureen C. said, it's the smell. Other food (like milk in an open container) tastes a bit like onions afterwards. Bananas "contaminate" other food too!

11:31AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

I never use a wet cloth, just put the veggies in the fridge as they are. I'll try it though.

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