It happens to the best of us- you stock up on all of your favorite fruits and veggies at the Sunday farmers market, only to forget about your goodies and find them laying life-less in your crisper drawer days later. To help keep your produce fresher for longer, follow these tips.

BREATHE
Remove any tight bands from your vegetables or at least loosen them to allow them to breathe.  

BERRIES
Give your berries a bath in 1 cup vinegar and 3 cups of water before you put them in the fridge- this kills the mold spores and bacteria that turn them fuzzy.

GREENS, GREENS, GREENS
Wrap your leafy greens (lettuce, kale, spinach, collards, etc.) in a paper towel inside a ziploc bag. Store in the fridge.

FREEZE
If you accidentally bought more than you can eat, don’t throw them away or let them go bad, FREEZE THEM! Wash, chop, stick in portion-sized baggies and freeze for later.

ONIONS AND GARLIC
Extend the life of your onions and garlic by storing them in a paper bag with holes punched up the sides of it to allow air flow.

AVOID MOISTURE
Line the bottom of the crisper drawers in your fridge with paper towels. The paper towels will absorb excess moisture, keep the foods fresher longer, and prevent mold.

BANANAS
Don’t separate your bananas until you’re ready to eat them. They stay fresher, longer when stored in a bunch!

GREEN ONIONS
Store your green onions in a jar of water on your countertop. The tops will continue growing and you can snip them off as needed!

BE STRATEGIC
Buy only what you need. Visit the grocery store more frequently or strategically plan all meals.

POTATOES
Keep potatoes out of the fridge in a cool, dry place with plenty of ventilation. And remember that apples and potatoes are best friends! Store them together to keep the potatoes from sprouting.

REMOVE MOLD IMMEDIATELY
Remove any moldy produce as soon as you see it! One moldy item could quickly spread through the whole vegetable drawer.

CITRUS
Use fresh citrus to keep your cut fruits such as apples, avocados, bananas, etc. from turning brown.

Never let your fresh produce spoil again with these easy tips!