Zero Waste Food Storage

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Recently I was asked to speak at a farmers market here in Dallas regarding the best way to store the delicious treasures shoppers find each week. After some trial and error, I’ve been able to determine the best ways to house seasonal produce in order to maximize their lifespans. Below are some tips and tricks for your kitchen!

On counter

  • Onions and shallots
  • Lemons, limes, oranges, and other citrus with a thick pith
  • Pears, apples, and stone fruit
  • Avocados
  • Tomatoes (all varieties)
  • Butternut squash

Refrigerator – in green bags

  • Squash and zucchini (unless being used within 48 hours of picking or purchasing)
  • Lettuces, spinach, and cabbage
  • Cucumbers and okra
  • Carrots (greens clipped and stored separately to be used within 48 hours of purchase)
  • Fennel (frawns clipped and stored separately)
  • Scallions
  • Bell peppers

Refrigerator – in box containers

  • All berry varieties
  • Grapes
  • Ginger root

Mason jars filled with enough water to cover stems

  • Cilantro – kept in the fridge with a bag loosely over the leaves
  • Basil, parsley, thyme, oregano, sage, rosemary, and other herbs– kept at room temp

Freezing techniques – keeps produce for up to 1 year after freezing

  • Chop basil and place in ice cube trays. Cover with water and freeze, then pop out and place into freezer bags
  • Place hot peppers and tomatoes in freezer bags whole after a thorough cleaning with water
  • Chop parsley, sage, oregano, thyme, and other leafy herbs and place into freezer bag without air

Tips

  • Keep potatoes separate from onions, which will dry the potatoes quickly
  • Garlic needs to be in a dark and aerated canister to keep it fresh (such as a garlic keeper)
  • Bananas need to be hung in order to avoid bruises

I hope this helps you in your quest to elongate your food’s life and nutritional value. Let me know what you think!

Lisa DeVore
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Lisa DeVore

Owner/Operator at Ike & Eli's Organic Farm
Urban farmer, holistic nutritionist, happy wife, stepmom, sister, friend, yogi, NASCAR fan, and faithful servant living a zero-waste lifestyle.
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Urban farmer, holistic nutritionist, happy wife, stepmom, sister, friend, yogi, NASCAR fan, and faithful servant living a zero-waste lifestyle.

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