Keeping Food Fresher Longer

May 6, 2018

Fresh is always best.  That philosophy is cornerstone of Fresh Madison Market.  It’s easy to buy fresh, but how do you keep food fresh?  Here are some simple tips:

  1. Don’t buy more than you need.  More food gets wasted by simply having it around too long.
  2. Buy produce last.  Some fruits and veggies are quick to start deteriorating the moment you take them from the cooler.
  3. Keep them apart!  Fruits give off gasses that are damaging to vegetables.  If you have them in the fridge, don’t put them together.
  4. The fridge isn’t good for everything.  Potatoes, squash, onions and garlic don’t need to be refrigerated.  Store them in a cool, dark place.
  5. Keep tomatoes at room temperature.  Some recommend putting the stem-side down and always away from the sun or heat from the stove.
  6. Wash and dry fresh berries.  In a solution of one part white vinegar and three parts water, clean berries thoroughly.  Dry them and store in a plastic or glass container
  7. Veggies at the bottom.  Vegetables go to the bottom compartments of your refrigerator where it’s the coolest.
  8. Let them breathe.  Putting fruits and vegetables in closed containers can actually make them spoil faster.  It’s important that they get air to stay fresh, so make sure you make some holes if you are storing in a plastic bag.
  9. Store leafy greens dry.  After washing lettuce, kale, or other leafy greens, dry them off and wrap loosely in paper towels, then in a perforated plastic bag in the bottom drawer of your refrigerator.

We love fresh as much as you do!  Buy what you need and store it properly to get the most from your fresh produce.