If you are a green smoothie addict and love lunch salads as much as we do, then your fridge is probably stocked with all sorts of leafy greens and fresh herbs. Fresh greens tend to wilt and spoil very fast. Today I want to share with you my tips and tricks to wash and store fresh produce. This will save you a few trips to the market or grocery store.
#1 Buy Fresh Greens
When you go to the market or grocery stores pick greens, organic if possible, that are very fresh and crispy.
#2 Take Them Out Produce Bags
If you leave your greens in produce bags they will wilt and spoil very fast. Opt for reusable green bags instead.
#3 No Need To Pre-Wash
If you are planning to store your greens in the fridge there is no need to prewash them. This will only add extra moisture and make them more vulnerable to spoilage and bacterial or fungal growth. If they are full of dirt, wash them first and make sure to dry thoroughly with clean paper towels or a salad spinner before storing.
Spinach, collards, or kale freeze well. Before you freeze them, wash them thoroughly with cold water, de-stem, dry well and add them to a plastic container or Ziploc bag. Do not pack them too tightly.
#4 Storing Your Greens In The Fridge
You could place them into food storage containers or a large Ziploc bags. Place a paper towel in the bottom of the container, add greens and cover with another paper towel. Paper towels are great for absorbing moisture, which prevents your greens from turning moldy and limp.
Do not pack them too tight. Add an extra layer of paper towel in the middle when your greens are still quite wet. You could also use a tea towel, lightly wrapped around your greens.
#5 Some Greens Will Last Longer Than Others
Heartier greens such as kale and chard can be stored for up to a week (or longer) in the fridge, other greens like spinach or dandelions will not last that long so use them in the first part of the week and leave kale and collards for later.
#6 Wash Your Greens Before Using
Before you use your greens, wash thoroughly with water to remove dirt. Always opt for organic produce if possible. If you buy conventional produce or you just don’t know where they came from, no need to use a veggie wash, baking soda or vinegar will do the trick.
How do you store and wash your veggies to avoid them from going bad before you have the chance to eat them? Share your experience and wisdom with us in the comment below.
Thanks for reading. I hope this information was helpful. Until next time!
Crazy cat lady, life and food lover, certified biologist, and holistic health coach.