Produce Guide: How Long Do Fresh Fruits And Veggies Really Last?
Good-quality, fresh produce can be pricey. To me, there are few things more disappointing than loading up on fruits and vegetables, only to find that half of them have gone bad before we’ve even had the chance to eat them. Certain fruits and vegetables have a longer “freshness” span than others, and some should be stored at room temperature for optimal freshness, rather than in the fridge.
Taste of Home put together an extremely helpful and handy guide for how long fresh produce generally lasts. Knowing this information can help you to shop smarter for fruits and vegetables, and hopefully prevent food waste. We suggest printing off this list and keeping it in your pantry, recipe book, or somewhere else where you can refer back to it easily.
A great tip for veggies that are past their best, but not yet beyond eating, is to make a roasted vegetable soup. Simply toss your veggies in olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place them on a baking sheet and cook at 425 to 450 degrees F for about 10 minutes, or until the veggies are looking golden brown. You can either add them to a pot on the stove along with vegetable stock and cream, using an immersion blender to mix, or add those same ingredients to a heat-proof blender, blending until smooth.
Now that you know about the best-before dates of fresh produce, hopefully you’ll be able to eliminate food waste and save yourself some money. Thanks for sharing this great information, Taste of Home!