Fresh fruits and vegetables are tasty, healthy — and, sadly, get tossed in the trash at an alarming rate. American families throw out about 25 percent of the food they buy and spoiled produce in the home is a major source of food waste.
Purchasing fruits and vegetables with a fairly long shelf life can help you save money, eat healthier and cut down on food waste. Here are seven popular fruits and vegetables that can last a long time when properly stored (click on the links to find detailed shelf life information and storage tips):
They’ll last for 2-3 months in your pantry. Don’t store onions near potatoes - they’ll both spoil faster.
Will keep for 3-4 weeks in the refrigerator. You can also keep them at room temperature for one to three days.
Will last for 1-2 weeks at room temperature; 4-6 months in a cooler area like a root cellar. Potatoes will also keep for about 2 to 3 months in the fridge, (but will likely develop a sweet taste and darken when cooked; letting the potatoes sit at room temperature for a few days after removing them from the fridge can help offset this.
Will keep for 4-5 weeks in the refrigerator. Keep in a plastic bag in the crisper.
Will last for 3-5 months in a cool, well-ventilated area.
Will keep for 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator. Wrapping celery tightly in aluminum foil can help keep it fresh.
They’ll keep for 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator. You can also keep oranges for a week at room temperature.
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