Kitchen Basics: Plastic Free Produce Storage

While the ziptop bag might be an easy go-to when it comes to storing the fruits and veggies that come in your AHO produce box, possibilities abound. Opting for reusable storage containers helps save money and also keeps one-time use items out of the landfill. Tips from seasoned AHO subscribers and a few principles of produce storage make ditching one-time use storage systems easy as pie.

“We rinse our greens/lettuce and then wrap them in dish cloths or paper towels. The rest gets tossed in the bins or cut up and put in Mason jars for easy access. We eat it quicker if it is already prepared too!” ~AHO subscriber Jenn Westall Kee”I just store my veggies in the veggies hydrator in fridge. I’ve had no problem and feel they stay fresher and healthier.” ~AHO subscriber Charlotte Keys

 

 

Chico community host, Kristen Staggs, uses washable mesh produce bags to store her AHO produce items separately in the fridge: “They truly keep your produce fresh and they also save money on baggies or paper towels or whatever it is you would put your produce in because they are resuable. I really think they keep my produce longer and more fresh.” About eight bags in two different sizes are enough to keep up with the items that Kristen needs to store in the fridge.

Understanding the basic principles of storage makes discovering alternative storage methods that work for you easier. Shoot for proper humidity and moisture levels, appropriate temperature, and giving produce enough room to breathe. We generally

recommend keeping your produce unwashed until you’re ready to use it, so that it isn’t stored with leftover moisture from washing. If you prefer to wash before you store, be sure and dry your produce thoroughly. A salad spinner is great for your leafy greens, and patience combined with kitchen towels should do the trick for the rest.

If your refrigerator has a couple of crisper drawers, you’re in luck. Leafy greens and items you want to keep from wilting need a higher humidity environment, and those items with a propensity to rot should be stored in a less humid space. A Tupperware container with an aeration setting works on this same principle.

Wrapping your produce in cloth towels is another way to manage the humidity levels if you don’t have a special veggie drawer in the fridge. A dry towel can absorb moisture and a slightly damp towel can server as a way to preserve it, whether you’re using Mason jars or muslin bags.

Subscribers also mentioned using butcher paper, the brown kraft paper that comes packed with your AHO box, and foil as wrappings for their produce.

 

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