Did you know that in some instances, frozen veggies may actually have more vitamins than fresh veggies that have been sitting on a store shelf for a week or more. How long have your perishables been sitting? Next time you head out for groceries, consider your local farmer's market first. Fruits and veggies at the farmer's market are often harvested and sold the same day.
Here are 7 food storage tips to help retain nutrients in your fruits and veggies:
- Keep veggies covered and chilled.
- Don’t soak your veggies.
- Don’t keep food hot for too long, as vitamin levels will start to fall within a few minutes.
- Store your fruits and veggies at the bottom of the refrigerator or in a cool, dark cupboard.
- Store bananas away from other fruits, which will help keep them from ripening too fast.
- Don't sore bananas in the refrigerator.
- Refrigerate prepared juices and store them for no more than 2 or 3 days.