Fresh fruits and vegetables are tasty, healthy — and, sadly, get tossed in the trash at an alarming rate. American families throw out about 25 percent of the food they buy and spoiled produce in the home is a major source of food waste.
Purchasing fruits and vegetables with a fairly long shelf life can help you save money, eat healthier and cut down on food waste. Here are seven popular fruits and vegetables that can last a long time when properly stored (click on the links to find detailed shelf life information and storage tips):
They’ll last for 2-3 months in your pantry. Don’t store onions near potatoes - they’ll both spoil faster.
Will keep for 3-4 weeks in the refrigerator. You can also keep them at room temperature for one to three days.
Will last for 1-2 weeks at room temperature; 2-3 months in a cooler area. Potatoes shouldn’t be stored in the fridge — refrigeration could cause them to darken and become sweet during cooking.
Will keep for 3-4 weeks in the refrigerator. Keep in a plastic bag in the crisper.
Will last for 3-5 months in a cool, well-ventilated area.
Will keep for 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator. Wrapping celery tightly in aluminum foil can help keep it fresh.
They’ll keep for 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator. You can also keep oranges for a week at room temperature.
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