Summer offers an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables that the whole family can enjoy. However keeping your favorite produce fresh can be a challenge as it’s not “one size fits all” when it comes to storage.
We’ve compiled a quick list of summer favorites and how to ensure they stay fresher longer:
- Bananas: Hate when bananas turn brown just days after purchasing? Keep bananas fresher longer by separating them and wrapping the stems in plastic wrap.
- Strawberries and Blueberries: To ensure your favorite berries stay fresh, don’t wash them until right before you are going to use them. Berries absorb water, which can make them soggy and spoil faster. Both strawberries and blueberries should be stored in the refrigerator and kept dry after purchased. Berries freeze well, so throw some in your freezer to enjoy throughout the long winter months.
- Apples: Apples should be kept in bags in the refrigerator. As they ripen, they give off ethylene, a natural gas, which will prematurely ripen and spoil other produce stored nearby. After slicing an apple, you can help prevent browning by squeezing lemon juice on the slices, sprinkling them with salt or covering the apple in plastic wrap.
- Packaged Cucumbers: Keep cucumbers stored in the refrigerator, not on the kitchen counter. Once you cut into a cucumber, wrap the remaining vegetable tightly in a piece of plastic wrap and place it in a re-sealable plastic bag.
- Sweet Corn: After purchasing corn, remove the shank of the corn from the cob. Place the ears of corn in the refrigerator, without removing the husks, as quickly as possible and keep cold and dry until you’re ready to eat.
- Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, Apricots: It’s best to keep stone fruit in paper bags until ripened. Once they are fully ripe, store them in the refrigerator in a plastic bag or container until you’re ready to eat.
- Packaged Salads: Keep bagged lettuce and salads fresh after opening by placing a paper towel inside the packaging. This will absorb excess moisture and keep them fresh and crisp.
Summer is the perfect time to get your fill of fresh fruits and vegetables. Meijer offers an abundant selection, many of which are grown locally throughout our six-state footprint.