Have you ever wondered how and where to store your produce to make it last the longest? Does it really even matter where you keep your apples or your tomatoes?

When I was first starting to pay attention to my grocery budget, I quickly realized that I could save some money if I could figure out how to make my fresh produce last longer.

Learning the proper way to store produce gave me the ability to take advantage of produce that was on sale or marked down. Learning how and where to store your produce to make it last helped me know how much I could buy on sale before it would go bad.

Yes, you can preserve your produce by freezing it, canning it, cooking it, pickling it, or even dehydrating it. But sometimes, you just want to keep it around to use up for a few days, weeks, or even months.

If you have a cool pantry, or even better a dark, dry basement, you can store things like potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, onion and the likes there. Apples also store very well in a place like that as do cabbages.

Mostly leafy vegetables do best in the fridge. Bring them home, wash them, dry completely. Wrap them in a paper towel and store them in a plastic bag in the fridge.

While most produce will stay fresh and tasty the longest when stored in the fridge, there are some foods that should not be refrigerated. They include: • Bananas • Kiwi • Pineapple

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