National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month: 3 Storage Tips to Help Keep Your Produce Fresh for Weeks

Tips to Help Keep Your Produce Fresh for Weeks | Breast Cancer Car Donations

Learn How to Keep Those Perishables Perky!

Food storage plays a significant role in maintaining a healthy eating plan and lifestyle. Going to the store and buying delicious-looking food won’t make a difference unless you store your produce properly when you get home. If you don’t like to get a whiff of overripe or rotting fruit and vegetables every time you open your refrigerator door, you should learn how to store fresh food properly.


How to Keep Your Fruit and Vegetables Fresh for Weeks

Don’t you just love the crunch of raw carrots and the snap of leafy greens fresh from the store? In observance of National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month this June, Breast Cancer Car Donations shares a few simple strategies that can help you keep those perishables perky for weeks.

1. Select the freshest produce.

You can’t expect to get a longer storage life for your fruit and vegetables in your refrigerator unless you start fresh. For this reason, it’s best to buy the freshest produce you can find. It’s best to select richly colored leafy greens that don’t have limp or yellowing leaves that tell you they’re way past their prime. Moreover, be sure to get blemish-free cabbages, squash, onions, and other root vegetables that are heavy for their size and devoid of soft spots.

2. Consider temperature and airflow.

While some fruits and vegetables keep well in your refrigerator, other items last longer if they’re left at cool and well-ventilated room temperatures. If you brought them home in a perforated plastic bag, be sure to take them out and let them breathe. Keep in mind that storing produce in plastics leads to premature spoilage. The following items will stay fresh longer at room temperatures:

  • If bananas get too warm, they ripen quickly. It’s best to store them at cooler room temperatures, away from heat and sunlight.
  • Trim the ends of basil stems at a 45-degree angle before placing them in a jar filled with water. Avoid letting the leaves touch the water to prevent them from turning dark and slimy. Loosely cover the entire jar of basil and leaves with a plastic bag and leave them on your kitchen counter.
  • Although an eggplant can stay fresh in a cool and dry area, you should use them within a few days of purchase.
  • Potatoes and sweet potatoes. Store these items at cooler room temperatures in a dark place with relatively high humidity levels and proper air circulation.
  • Onions and garlic. Be sure to store these items in a cool and dark place. While you’re at it, allow some air circulation.
  • Lemons, limes, grapefruit, oranges. Although you can only store citrus fruits on your countertop for up to a week, refrigerating them loose will ensure longer shelf life.
  • Tomatoes and mushrooms. Make them last longer by keeping them at room temperature and washing them just before using them.

While certain items need to be stored at room temperature, you’ll have to move them to the refrigerator when they’re ripe. These include the following:

  • Mangoes, plums, and peaches. Place these items in a brown paper bag while they ripen at room temperature.
  • Allow the sweetness of pineapples to spread throughout the fruit by storing them upside down for one to two days at room temperature before moving them to the refrigerator to ensure longer storage.
  • Watermelons and melons. Whole watermelons and melons should be stored at room temperature until ripe. Once ripe, store whole and uncovered watermelons and melons in your refrigerator. However, if you’ve cut them, be sure to seal the slices in a zipper bag.
  • Avocados, apples, pears. When ripe, store them in your crisper drawer to keep their moisture in check. Since these items brown quickly, avoid slicing them ahead of time.
  • When storing apricots at room temperature, place them away from heat and sunlight until they ripen. Once ripe, prevent spoiling by storing them in the refrigerator.
  • Store unripe at room temperature in a loosely closed paper bag, away from heat and sunlight, for up to three days. Once ripened, keep kiwifruit refrigerated until ready for use.
  • You can slow down the ripening process of ripe papaya by placing it whole, in a plastic bag, in the refrigerator. Once cut, be sure to store them in heavy-duty plastic bags before freezing.
  • Nectarines ripen slowly if you store them at cooler room temperatures. However, if the weather is warmer, they tend to become overripe within two days. Be sure to store ripe and ready-to-eat nectarines in the refrigerator.
  • They only last for up to two days at room temperature. For longer storage, wrap each one of them in paper towels before popping them into the refrigerator.

3. Store them with the right partners.

Some fruits and vegetables emit high levels of ethylene gas which speeds up their ripening and decay process. Unfortunately, they have the same effect on ethylene-sensitive produce when they share storage space. For this reason, you need to keep high ethylene producers away from products that are sensitive to ethylene gas.

Examples of high ethylene producers include:

  • Apples, avocados, apricots, green onions, kiwifruit, guavas, cantaloupe, honeydew, mangoes, papayas, nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, tomatoes, and bananas.

On the other hand, ethylene-sensitive fruits and vegetables include:

  • Unripe bananas, broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, Brussels sprouts, squash, watermelon, watercress, leafy greens, chard, cauliflower, carrots, garlic, okra, and berries.


Reach Out to Breast Cancer Patients in Your Area

Ensuring proper food storage plays a vital role in promoting good health, which is central to an individual’s happiness and well-being. However, for breast cancer patients, getting their health back is even more challenging.

If you have a soft spot for those who are battling this deadly disease, particularly those who are uninsured and lack the means to get access to proper treatment, consider donating an unwanted vehicle to us at Breast Cancer Car Donations.

We’ll sell your vehicle to generate funding for our breast cancer-focused nonprofit partners. These IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are committed to helping save the lives of needy breast cancer patients and improving their overall well-being. The proceeds from the sale of your auto donation will go directly to our charity partners to support their life-saving programs.

Through your charitable gift, deserving beneficiaries in your area will be given easy access to top cancer centers as well as financial assistance to cover the costs of their treatments, physician visits, medications, follow-up care, and other essential health care services. Other beneficiaries get to receive free breast cancer screening and prevention and education services.

As a donor, you will reap valuable rewards, one of which is your entitlement to receive a top tax deduction in the next tax season. We’ll send you the 100% tax-deductible sales receipt of your car soon after its sale.

You’ll also benefit from our free, fast, and professional towing service. We will provide you with this service anywhere you are in the United States since our donation program covers the entire country.

More importantly, you’ll feel awesome when you realize how big of an impact your vehicle donation can make on the lives of indigent breast cancer patients. Helping suffering individuals overcome their struggles is truly a rewarding experience you’ll never forget.

We take nearly all types of vehicles regardless of their age or condition. Even if you’re giving us a vehicle that’s no longer running, we’ll gladly take it.

To learn more about our vehicle donation program, including our quick and easy donation process, head over to our FAQs page. If you have any concerns or questions, call us anytime through our toll-free hotline at 866-540-5069 or leave us a message here.


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If you’re ready to give struggling breast cancer patients a chance to beat the disease, don’t hesitate to donate your unwanted vehicle to us. Call Breast Cancer Car Donations at 866-540-5069 or fill out our secure online donation form now!