Anita's Tips for Storing Foods
Produce ideally should be purchased every few
days and consumed as soon as possible. However, our busy modern lives
do not always permit this. The tips that appear below should help
you store produce and other foods for longer periods of time, so you don't
have to shop quite as often. In addition, these steps encourage you
to clean, and to some extent cut, your produce before storing it, which
will help you assemble meals more quickly and efficiently.
If you have any comments, suggestions or experiences
of your own relating to storing foods, please e-mail
Apples - Enjoy crisp, cool and refreshing
Apples can be kept cool and refreshing in your
However, they release a gas that can spoil other
fruits and vegetables.
Follow these instructions to prevent this from
First, wash the apples and dry them thoroughly.
Place the apples in a zip-lock bag, remove the air
and seal it completely.
Every time you take out an apple, be sure to remove
the air and re-seal the bag properly before returning it to the refrigerator.
Lettuce - Keep it Fresh and Crisp
These steps are especially useful with organic
which tends to wilt more quickly.
How This Works:
Wash the lettuce, leaf by leaf. Discard any
Place the washed leaves on a clean towel to absorb
some of the excess water.
Take a very clean cotton dish towel (or similar)
and slide the leading edge of the towel into the bottom of a tuperware
or other sealable container, with the remainder of the towel sticking out.
Place several lettuce leaves on the towel inside
Fold the towel over those leaves to create another
layer of towel inside the container.
Continue placing layers of lettuce leaves divided
by folds in the towel until the container is full or until your run out
Cover the container, removing the air from it as
much as possible.
Place the container in your refrigerator.
The towel absorbs the moisture from the lettuce
leaves, which keeps them crisp and fresh. The lettuce will last a
good 15 days or more. Every time you remove lettuce from the container,
be sure to re-seal it, removing the air, before placing it back in the
Leeks and Scallions - Keep them
Fresh for Days, Even Weeks !!
Store leeks and scallions in separate containers!
The odors are distinct and should not be mixed
How This Works:
Obtain a tall canning jar with a wide mouth.
If you are preparing leeks for storage, cut off the
hard portions of the leeks and discard them, or save them to make a bouquet
If you are preparing scallions for storage, you may
wish to separate the white part from the green part, if only so they will
fit in the jar. Both parts can be used in cooking. The green
part can be used to flavor soups, for garnishes, or even as string to tie
together vegetables that are being steamed.
Cut the remaining portions of the leeks or scallions
so they are short enough to fit inside the jar. Do not cut off all
of the hairs on the end of the leeks or scallions, to preserve their freshness.
Wash and thoroughly clean the leeks or scallions.
With leeks, make sure you remove as much soil as possible (soil always
Pat them dry with a clean dish towel or paper towels.
Place them in the jar and seal it!
The airtight canning jar keeps the leeks or scallions
fresh and crisp, while preventing their onion-like odor from permeating
your refrigerator. It will be quick and easy to remove the leeks
or scallions from the jar and put them to use!