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How to Make Your Perishables Last

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Whether you are trying to conserve what you already have at home, or just figuring out how to keep things fresh longer,  we've got some great tips for you!

Now more than ever, we are all cooking and want to make the absolute most of the food that we are purchasing. Below are our best tips for keeping some of your perishable items fresher, and longer.

Asparagus and Celery

Cut a ½ inch from the bottom and place in a jar or tall glass with 3-4 inches of water.

Keep it in your refrigerator until you’re ready to use. Will extend freshness and last at least a week.

Lettuce (Any type)

No matter what type of lettuce you are using, wrap your lettuce in paper towels when storing it in the refrigerator.


If you buy packaged arugula, remove it from the package place it in a jar, and store it in the refrigerator. It will last 1-2 weeks.


Cut the stems of your favorite herbs and arrange them in a glass with water. This looks nice and keeps the herbs fresher for longer. These can be kept on your counter or kept in your refrigerator until you’re ready to use.


Brown paper lunch bags are perfect for storing mushrooms in the refrigerator. Alternatively, if you do not have brown paper bags, you can place the mushrooms in paper towels or paper napkins to store in the refrigerator.


If you have ripe bananas and you want to hold onto them, there are two quick options:

A: Remove the skin, wrap the whole banana in foil or plastic wrap, and freeze.

B: Slice the bananas into the desired thickness. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, arrange the banana slices so they are not touching. Place in the freezer for two hours. Remove the baking sheet from the freezer, place the frozen slices into a plastic bag or container, and return to your freezer.

Either method above will keep your bananas in the freezer for up to a month. When you’re ready for bananas, simply let the bananas defrost at room temperature and enjoy.


When you buy berries, make sure they are dry before refrigerating. If you have a baking sheet, put down a couple of paper towels and spread the berries out. Use this time to pick through the berries in case there are any that are bad. Let the berries dry for 30 minutes, then collect the berries and place them in the refrigerator until you are ready to use. *Wash berries before serving.

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by Camila Alves McConaughey