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How to Clean Produce for Longer Storage and Less Food Waste

| 5/20/2019 10:13:00 AM

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Recent data indicates that Americans waste up to one-half of our fresh fruits and vegetables. When handling fresh produce, you can adopt a few simple habits to eliminate food waste in your home:

One of the simplest steps you can take to reduce food waste is to buy only the fresh produce you can use within a week.

If you routinely throw out spoiled fruits and vegetables, keep a running list of items you discard.

Adjust your shopping list and eating habits according to the amount of your food waste. Perhaps you need to buy less fruit. Or, eat more salad.

Use the following ideas to clean fruits and vegetables so they stay fresh longer or to use up excess produce in creative and delicious ways.

How to Clean Food Preparation and Storage Areas

Cleaning removes microorganisms that are naturally present everywhere: around the home, on your hands, and on fresh fruits and vegetables. Before you wash produce, first wash your hands with soap and running water. Then clean the food preparation areas (counter, cutting board, etc.). Don’t forget to clean the storage area, including the refrigerator bin or shelf where fresh produce will be stored.

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