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Ask the Readers: Extending the life of fresh produce?

Today’s question comes from Shannon:

I love fresh produce. I especially love getting it on sale. However, I can’t stock up for a month because it will go bad. How can I extend the life of my fresh produce? -Shannon

I’ve found that certain fruits–such as apples and citrus fruits–can keep in the refrigerator for up to 3-6 weeks. So when I find a good deal on a quality batch, I’ll often buy enough to last for the next two to four weeks.

Other fruits and vegetables don’t fare so well, but I often freeze those I’m able to buy them on a great sale. Chopped onions and green peppers freeze well and can be used in soups, stews, and casseroles once thawed. You can see my method for freezing tomatoes here [1].

Bananas and berries are exceptional when frozen and used in smoothies [2]. I also often use frozen bananas [2] in Banana Bread [3] or muffins.

How do you extend the life of your fresh produce? Tell us about it in the comments.

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