We all aspire to have fresh vegetables and fruits in the house, but these ingredients can go bad rather quickly, and there’s nothing worse than wasting your money on ingredients that will be left to rot because they aren’t stored properly. Here are the most important food storage hacks to extend the shelf life of whatever is in your fridge. 

1. Keep your berries, grapes, apples and other fresh fruit in the original packaging, storing them in your fridge’s crisper. Eat berries first, since they spoil faster than other fruits. Most vegetables and foods should be stored in the crisper for maximum freshness.

2. Try to shop for fruits or veggies sold in plastic bags with tiny holes, or vents, that keep fruit fresh for longer by releasing moisture. You can often find cherries and grapes in these bags.

3. Apples can cause other veggies and fruits to ripen faster than usual, surprisingly enough, so try not to store them directly next to these items. 

4. Produce to store in the fridge from the get-go includes: broccoli, berries, apples, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, dark leafy greens, lettuce, peas, pomegranate, cilantro, cauliflower, carrots, corn.

5. Produce that can be stored at room temp for a few days includes: basil, cucumber, potatoes, onions, limes, lemons, green beans, garlic, eggplant, sweet potatoes, watermelon (before cutting), and zucchini.

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