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Mom Hint: Making produce last

Posted at 12:12 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 12:12:42-04

These days we're trying to make fewer trips to the grocery store, so how can we make our produce last longer so we don't have to make strip for just one thing that's gone bad?

Sherri French has some "Mom Hints" on how to make the essentials last.


If bananas are a staple in your home, you know they'll go brown quickly. Instead of tossing them in the trash, you can either make banana bread, or put them in the freezer to put in smoothies another day.

Or for those who prefer fresh bananas, just wrap some saran plastic wrap around the stem of the banana bunch. What does that do? Bananas actually give off a gas called Ethylene, and that gas spoils the produce faster. So by wrapping the stem, it contains those gasses and makes the bananas stay yellow for longer periods of time.


Are you the person who throws celery into the fridge still packaged in the plastic? To make it last longer, just take the celery out of the bag, and wrap it tightly in aluminum foil. It will make the celery last for about a month.


Do you put your tomatoes in the fridge to make them last longer? While that may work, it actually makes them lose their taste. When storing them outside the fridge, make sure they're sitting stem up so they don't bruise.

Potatoes & Onions

Make sure these items are stored in a cool, dark place, but don't store them together! Potatoes also give off ethylene gas, which will spoil potatoes and onions faster.

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