3 Ways to Make Your Produce Last Longer

Julia Millay Walsh
We're not fruitarians, but sometimes we think fruits and vegetables have minds of their own. They come and go as they please -- and rarely ripen in time for that important meal we've planned. It Will take some time before we know the ins and outs of every edible plant, but in the meantime we've picked up a few tips that can improve longevity. Here are three of our go-tos. Think of us when you're taking that bite of your next heirloom tomato salad.
Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 8.49.51 PM Keep 'Em Cool While citrus rinds are relatively thick, they're not as tough as you'd think. Citrus fruits will dry out much quicker if they're left out at room temperature. Instead, store them in a plastic bag in your refrigerator; we've found them to last four times as long this way.
Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 8.39.00 PM Turn 'Em Over Like many types of fruit, tomatoes shouldn't be refrigerated; store them on the counter for longevity. To keep those rouge beauties around even longer, place them stem-side down on the countertop; this prevents air and moisture from exiting from the root. This only works for tomatoes that are already off the vine, though -- you should never remove produce from the stem (or even wash it) until you're ready to eat it.
Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 8.57.21 PM Let 'Em Breathe Plants are people too! Well, not really. But they still need to breathe. Before you toss that plastic bag of asparagus, radishes, or what have you, poke around. That's right: poke holes in your plastic produce bag -- about half a dozen small openings on each side of the bag. This prevents your veggies from shriveling and developing condensation.
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