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Juicing on the Go: How to Store Fresh Produce to Keep it Fresh Longer!

HOW TO STORE FRESH PRODUCE

Most of us don’t have the time to run to the grocery store every day to pick up fresh produce. The majority of us end up buying a bulk-load of fresh produce and then store it all in the fridge, juicing little-by-little, day-by-day and hoping that the produce stays fresh long enough to juice it.

If you’re in this boat, you might want to consider investing in a keep-it-fresh container, especially for your more wilt-able veggies.

Even if you do have the time to run to the grocery store every day, it’s a real time saver if you can buy, wash, prepare and store all your produce in one go. It’s just nice to be able to reach in the fridge, pull out some colorful produce and get right to juicing without worrying about the cleaning and preparation.

If you’re planning to be juicing on a regular basis – and using all the produce that regular juicing demands – plan to invest in some containers that’ll help your produce last longer and stay fresher. They’ll save you money in the long term, since you won’t be tossing pre-maturely moldy produce.

How to Store Leafy Greens

My personal favorites are Progressive International’s Lettuce Keepers. These are the absolute best I’ve found in produce storage – I use these for all my veggies and they do a great job of keeping everything fresh and crisp. The containers keep fruits, veggies (even delicate greens like lettuce and microgreens) fresh for up to 2 weeks and it doubles as a colander so you can even use it when washing your veggies, then simply store it once you’re done.

The longest I’ve left greens in one of these was around 16 days and they were still springy and perfectly fresh. Even the arugula, whose thin, delicate tend to lead to pre-mature mold problems.


prointernational

I also like the fact that these containers come with an adjustable vent and a storing guide printed on the container, which tells you exactly which veggies need what kind of ventilation for the perfect amount of air circulation and moisture.

You can get one on Amazon for $13.98.

Also great are the container sets made by Kinetic Go Green. You can get a whole 6-piece set on Amazon for $30. These have micro-particles of antimicrobial silver embedded into the container which protect the containers from mold, fungus, and other microorganisms that made produce go bad.

kinetic

 These containers are great, especially for storage since they allow lots of stacking action, but they do have a few drawbacks compared to Progressive International’s containers (above). The produce does stay fresh for roughly similar times, but I personally prefer the Lettuce Keeper container above for storing leafy greens.

Also, the silicone seal on the lids do help keep the containers air-tight but can grow moldy after awhile, which is pretty gross, so you have to give those vigorous scrubbings and dry them well – a problem you don’t have with the Lettuce Keeper containers.

How to Store Berries

For more finicky produce – like berries, which are notorious for their quick molding habits – Progressive International also has Berry Keepers that come with stack-able trays so you can layer your berries to prevent bruising.

how to keep berries fresh

Tip: To prevent mold forming on your berries, give them a wash with a mixture of 30-70 vinegar and water. The acetic acid found in vinegar does a great job of killing bacteria as well as eliminating mold spores that might be lurking in the fruit.

Then, drain the berries and place them in a Berry Keeper container – you won’t even taste the vinegar and the vinegar residue on the berries acts as a great mold-prevention. Your berries should keep for at least 1 week in the fridge – mold and bruise free!

More Tips on Storing Fresh Produce

  • Most fresh veggies need to be stored in the fridge. The exceptions are: garlic, onions, potatoes, shallots, sweet potatoes, and winter squash.
  • I recommend taking your veggies (except leafy greens) out of the fridge and leaving them at room temperature if you’re going to be juicing them in the next few hours since cold is supposed to make digestion more difficult and that sort of defeats one of the purposes of juicing.
  • Don’t store your fruits and veggies together since fruits tend to give off high levels of ethylene as they ripen, which can prematurely ripen and spoil your veggies.
  • If you’re not using fresh storage containers to store your veggies, punch some holes into the veggie bag to ensure ventilation and air flow and pack them loosely. The more closed they are, the quicker they will rot.
  • Do not wash soft herbs before storing – only wash them when right before juicing.
  • Bananas ripen super quickly. And I am just one person and cannot eat a whole batch of bananas in a day or two. Since you can’t juice bananas anyway, feel free to peel them and store them in the fridge to pop into your smoothies as needed.
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James - November 4, 2016

Awesome, I need to get me a few of these containers for my house.

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