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Offline Qnsnative

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maintaining veggie freshness
« on: June 18, 2006, 01:36:54 AM »
ok so what are best ways to keep our veggies fresh? for instance i picked up letuce and some swiss chard last week and both are about to loose most freshness (become inetable) (spelling?)...kept them in my refrigerator in perforated plastic bags...barely 5 days strikes me as too short....is this normal or can i improve on that by handling veggies differently?

anyhow, any helpful tips would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: maintaining veggie freshness
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2006, 07:04:17 AM »
Five years ago I bought a few refrigerator thermometers; 1 for the freezer (it helps me prevent freezer burn), 1 for the main section (to assure dairy safety), 1 for the vegetable drawer (to preserve freshness).

Here is a good little guide.

One of my little tricks is to *never* allow anything green to touch plastic. When I get vegetables home, I wash them, separate leaves/stalks etc., place them between sheets of paper towel, roll up the towels and place them in those perforated vegetable Ziplock bags. This prevents the condensation from spoiling the produce. If I find that I bought too much, I blanch them and freeze for later cooking. Always adjust any recipe for defrosted, blanched vegetables.

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Re: maintaining veggie freshness
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2006, 01:15:34 AM »
thanks...by blanch you mean boiling briefly?
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Re: maintaining veggie freshness
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2006, 06:54:25 AM »
thanks...by blanch you mean boiling briefly?
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