Because you didn’t pay five bucks for a container of mold.

Top 7 Genius Hacks To Make Your Fresh Food Longer

 1. Put paper towels in the salad drawer.

Lining your crisper with a few sheets of paper towel absorbs the condensation that the veggies generate as they chill. Excess moisture can make your fresh foods wilt much faster, so the paper keeps them fresher for longer AND it keeps your fridge cleaner without any extra effort—because no one deserves to spend their hard-earned Sunday wiping up cucumber gunk.to

2. Don’t separate bananas before eating.

You may think you’re being super productive by packaging your bananas into day-to-day portions, but actually the trick to stop them going brown is to keep them together as long as possible. Wrap the stems of the bananas in cling wrap when you first buy them and only snap one off when you’re ready to eat it. This should give you 3-5 extra days of perfectly ripe banana joy.

3. Put an apple in your bag of potatoes.tom

Sprouted potatoes are at the top of nobody’s to-eat list. It turns out the best way to prevent them turning into rejects from the cast list of Alien is to keep an apple in the same bag–apples produce ethylene gas, which keeps potatoes fresher and firmer, and ready for mashed potato duties for a few more weeks.

4. But keep apples away from other fruits and veggies.

Ethylene gas may be good for potatoes, but it’s bad for almost everything else. Keep apples out of the fruit bowl (and in a plastic bag in the fridge) and you’ll suddenly find that your other purchases keep fresher for longer.

5. Wash berries in vinegar.

Because fate is cruel, berries are both a) pretty much the most expensive fruit and b) the quickest to go moldy by a mile. You can extend their life by giving them a bath of 1 cup of vinegar and 3 cups of water before you put them in the fridge–this kills the mold spores and bacteria that turn them fuzzy. Just be sure to dry them thoroughly before storing.

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6. DON’T refrigerate your tomatoes.

Seriously. You’ll kill their flavor, and their juicy texture doesn’t survive so well in the cold either. To make the most of your tomatoes, keep them on a counter to allow them to ripen them to their full potential. FYI, other veggies that shouldn’t live in the fridge include potatoes and onions, although they should be stored in a cool, dark place rather than within the sun’s reach.

7.Keep mushrooms in a paper bag.

Proper greengrocers use these bad boys for a reason–paper bags keep mushrooms fresher much more than the usual plastic tubs do. Moisture is a slime sentence for mushrooms, so storing them this way keeps them clean and dry (and if you leave them too long and find they get too dry, you can give them a quick rinse in the sink and they’ll plump right back up).

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