Fridge, pantry? 1 week or 2? Do you know the proper way to store your groceries? Where to store fruits and how long they stay good for can be tricky to remember. And nobody likes throwing away rotten food! Use this guide below to help:
Apple: store in your refrigerator drawer, unwrapped, for up to 3 weeks
Citrus: store on your refrigerator shelf, unwrapped (wrap if halved), for up to 2 weeks (2-3 days if halved)
Berries: store in your refrigerator drawer, uncovered in a vented container, for 3-5 days
Peach/Plum: store on your counter top to ripen (refrigerator shelf once ripe), unwrapped, for 5 days once ripe
Melon: store on your counter top, unwrapped, 5 days once ripe
Tomatoes: store on your counter top, unwrapped in a vented container, for 5 days
Grapes: store in your refrigerator drawer, in a vented container (or bag), for 1-2 weeks
We’ve heard it, we’ve longed for it, we don’t have time for it. The benefits of growing your own produce; are they real? You bet they are! Starting the process of having your own garden can seem daunting. The soil, weather, time and energy, and not to mention all the critters that seem to eat your fresh goodies before you get the chance, are all valid reason why we would just rather go to whole foods or our local grocery store.
So were diving deeper past the “organic is better for you, support your local farmers, and getting away from pesticides” benefits (all very important), and looking at the true happiness gardening can bring you and your family.
Yes, its hard work. Yes, there may be some whining when its hot and everyone would rather be playing and relaxing than potting soil and pulling weeds, but the benefits you reap from gardening with your family will surpass these minor struggles. Bonding with your loved ones over the labor ends with an accomplished day, a nice dinner, and relaxing time that is truly enjoyed (instead of weekend boredom). The feeling will only grow.
As you watch your plant(s) develop, it will be an exciting journey with your family. When you finally get to pick the fruits of your labor, you enjoy the rewarding experience with them. You have accomplished memories and taken pictures that will last in your young one’s hearts forever, and with you. Not to mention you get to eat what you grow! What you create from the earth will taste so much better and it’s free!
Plan a weekend of gardening with your family this year. You can start off with herbs and small vegetables like peppers in potted soil, or start a whole garden in your own back yard!
What will you do with your loved ones this spring?