I just got my beautiful box of produce ... Now what??

 

You just invested in a box of beautiful produce so the key to keeping your produce fresh and delicious can be a tricky one.  Here are some easy tips to follow to help keep your investment from spoiling before you can enjoy!

The first thing you MUST do when you receive your box is to remove everything from the liner and dry everything off thoroughly.  Moisture is the enemy.

Don't store fruit and veggies together!  Keep Vegetables in the Vegetable drawer and Fruit in the FRUIT drawer.  (Basic, I know, but some folks don’t realize there is a REASON for that.)

Remove any ties or rubber bands and trim the Greens if you see any visible rotting.  If you see any visible mold REMOVE it to stop it from growing and spreading.  Remember … this is ORGANIC produce.  It doesn’t always look perfect but it’s absolutely delicious.

Once everything is dry and separated following this guide below:

VEGETABLES:

GREENS:   Lettuce and Greens should be wrapped in paper towels and place in one of the eco GREEN bags or a zip lock bag.  Remove as much air as possible and place the wrapped greens in your vegetable drawer.  If you’re daring, try this BATH TOWEL method

If your greens wilt, submerge them in ice water for 30-45 minutes and WHALLAH!  Back to crispy!

BROCCOLI:  Wrap loosely with a damp paper towel and store in the Veggie drawer.  You may have to dampen the paper towel if you don’t consume within a few days.

CARROTS:  If they have greens attached, immediately remove green tops and save them if you plan to use for later.  Store the carrots in a covered container (glass is preferred) filled with water.

CAULIFLOWER:  Place it in a plastic bag and store in the Vegetable drawer.

CORN:  Technically corn should be eaten within a day or two of receiving it.  If you are going to store it, make sure you store it in a plastic bag that is sealed.

CUCUMBERS:  Cucumbers are sensitive to temperatures below 50 degrees F so technically they should be stored on the counter FAR AWAY from any bananas, tomatoes or melons.   If you do store them in the refrigerator store them towards the front of the shelf and off the bottom shelf  in the warmest area of your refrigerator.

EGGPLANT:  Do not refrigerate.  Keep it in a cool spot away from direct sunlight and use it as soon as possible after buying.  Do not seal it in a plastic bag.

MUSHROOMS:  Keep them unopened in their original packaging.  If you buy in bulk, keep them in a brown paper bag in the Veggie drawer.

ONIONS:  Store them at room temperature FAR away from potatoes and any fruit.

POTATOES:  Potatoes do best in a dark environment at about 45-50 degree F.  Unfortunately in Florida … that climate simply doesn’t exist for most of us.  Room temperature in the summer is typically around 75 degrees.  If you are using them up quickly store them in a dry dark place that is cool but AWAY from any onions or fruit.  You can store them in the refrigerator on one of the warmer spots but make sure they are dry.  If they are wet when you receive them, let them dry out for a day before storing them

WINTER SQUASH like Butternut and Acorn:  Store in cool dry place… again …. Not an easy place to find in Florida so the warmest part of your refrigerator is the best bet.  Low humidity.  Make sure you always have a stem on the squash if you are planning to store for long periods.  Stemless squash should be eaten immediately.

FRUIT

APPLES:  Apples LOVE the cold (30-35 degreesF) in a humid environment.  Place them inside the crisper drawer and lay a slightly dampened paper towel on top of the apples.

AVOCADOS:  Store them on the counter in a cool place and once they are ripe move them to the refrigerator to stabilize them.

GRAPES:  Store in a paper bag in the refrigerator.

KIWI:  Underripe? Leave it on the kitchen counter for a few days.  Ripe kiwis can be kept in the refrigerator for several weeks.

PEARS:  Store at room temperature until ripe.

FRESH BERRIES:  Wash the berries in a diluted vinegar bath (1 cup vinegar plus 3 cups water) and spin them dry in a salad spinner lined with paper towels until they are completely dry.  Store the cleaned berries in a sealable container lined with paper towels leaving the lid open to allow moisture to escape.  This method extends the shelf life of your berries by days sometimes weeks!

LEMONS:  Store them in a sealed plastic bag (ziplock) in the refrigerator.

TOMATOES:  Store them away from other fruit on the counter.  You can store them in the refrigerator if you aren’t going to eat them for several days.  Let them sit out for a full day before eating them.

PEACHES and NECTARINES:  Organic Stone Fruit is VERY delicate and will not ripen after it has been picked from the tree.  EAT THESE immediately or store in the frig.  If you set them on the counter they will simply mold especially here in Florida. 

WHAT TO EAT FIRST? These tend to spoil the fastest so eat them first!

STRAWBERRIES!!

Artichokes

Asparagus

Avocados

Bananas

Basil

STRAWBERRIES!! 

Broccoli

Cherries

Corn

Green beans

Mushrooms

Mustard greens

Strawberries

Peaches Nectarine Apricots

 Watercress

oh ... and STRAWBERRIES!!! 

 

What to Refrigerate?

Apples

Apricots

Cantaloupe

Honeydew

 

DO NOT REFRIGERATE:

Avocados unripe

Bananas unripe

Pears unripe

Plums unripe

Tomatoes

AND REMEMBER ... WE ALWAYS offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee with every item we place in the box.  Just email us and let us know and we will not only credit your account but try to replace it with something on your next delivery.   

 




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