TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - What would you do with an extra $1,500 dollars a year?
You might get to answer that question if you save more food.
The average American family throws away 40% of their food budget - amounting to $1,500.
The thing we throw away most? Produce.
Brooke’s Bargains has the best way to store it - so it’s not on life support.
It helps to separate fruits and vegetables in those bins in the fridge, but not everything belongs in there.
- Apples can stay at room temp for a week, then in the fridge for another week. Or, they can stay in a cool, dark location for several months.
- Potatoes go in a cool, dry place. They spoil quickly in the fridge
- Tomatoes can get mealy in the fridge. Keep them at room temperature until they’re ripe - and keep them away from other produce
- Bananas, berries, and citrus should also stay out of the fridge.
- Citrus fruit can last for quite a while outside of the fridge but take on other food flavors and odors in it. Many of these fruits contain a chemical that can make others ripen too quickly - which is why you need to give them space
- Greens should stay in the refrigerator. You can also wash, dry, and bag them with paper towels, but make sure to leave it open so they can breathe.
- Pineapple should be stored upside down, so the sweetness distributes.
- Avocados taste better if you keep them out of the refrigerator until they’re just about ripe, then refrigerate them for up to four days.
- Fruits and veggies will also last longer in the original container, washed right before eating.
You’ll also be surprised by all of the foods you can freeze rather than toss - like cooked rice and pasta, or cheese - and those you can revive.
You can toast stale bread or chips - or tossing leftovers into soups and sauces.
Learn more about upcycling your food HERE.