Some years ago, I wrote about how to make broccoli, strawberries, and bananas last longer. The post was originally a sponsored one, so it was in an out-of-the-way spot on my blog. Everyone is trying to stretch the time between their grocery trips these days, so I thought it deserved a republish.
Since I’m always trying to reduce the food waste at my house, I tried out a couple of food storage methods and I’m here to report on how that went.
Vinegar Wash for Berries
The rinsing-berries-with-a-vinegar-wash thing?
It is truly astounding how much longer berries keep after a vinegar rinse. Even things like raspberries and blackberries stay firm and fresh for days upon days.
And they don’t taste a thing like vinegar, either.
To do this, mix up 3 cups of water and a cup of vinegar (fortunately, vinegar is dirt cheap, so this is an inexpensive fruit wash.).
Give the berries a soak for a few minutes.
Drain the berries and place them in a salad spinner lined with a tea towel (the original directions said to use a paper towel, which is compostable, but hey, I like to avoid waste when I can!).
Give them a spin…
And place them back into their original container.
If you were lucky enough to buy berries without a package, you can put them into a reusable storage container.
I wouldn’t seal them, though, as berries do best if they can breathe.
Best Broccoli Storage
Remember the broccoli bag I was poking holes in last month, so broccoli would keep longer?
I sort of accidentally gave that a really, really good test. The broccoli sat in my fridge for, um, an entire month.
And I am pleased to say that it was only slightly worse for the wear.
I’m super impressed with how well this worked.
Although I don’t really recommend that you store broccoli for a month if you can help it.
I rinsed my bag out, hung it up to dry, and I’ll definitely use it again next time.
Banana Storage Tips
I don’t really feel like any of these are silver bullets, partly because bananas seem to be a very fickle fruit when it comes to ripening.
Thank goodness there’s banana bread and banana muffins!
But, here are a few ideas to try.
- Separate your bananas at the stems (I do this pretty regularly)
- Wrap the top stem in plastic wrap (I rarely have plastic wrap around, so I don’t practice this one. You can see that the organic bananas above come with plastic on the stems.)
- When the bananas are the perfect ripeness, put them in the fridge. The skin will turn brown, but the actual banana’s ripening will be paused.
- If you have too many perfectly ripe bananas at one time, slice and freeze them for smoothie use.
- Wash your berries with a 3/1 water to vinegar mixture.
- Store your broccoli in a hole-y ziploc bag.
- Try a bunch of things with your bananas. You will probably end up with spotty bananas anyway, and then you can make banana bread. Ha.