A well stocked refrigerator and pantry might make you feel organized and prepared, but when it starts to go bad it’s frustrating and annoying. Wouldn’t it be great if we knew the secret of how to get the most out of our food? Well, Raquel Dadomo of Wheatsville Food Co-op stopped by with tips for long-lasting produce. Raquel’s first tip is to buy local – shorter travel time means longer life once you bring it home. Another tip she gave is storing potatoes and squashes together in a open wicker basket in a cool, dark place. But avoid storing potatoes with onions as it will cause the potatoes to go bad. While it’s great to rinse grapes and store them in an open container in your fridge, avoid washing strawberries until you are ready to eat them. This prevents moldy berries. If you need to ripen an avocado, all you have to do is place it with your bananas. The gasses released from the bananas promote ripening. And if you’re needing to save your ripe advocadoes before going bad, place into the fridge. Another tip for saving cut avocados, is to place it with the seed remaining into an airtight container along with a sliver of onion.
Wheatsville Food Co-op has two locations. The original is on Guadalupe and the other is on South Lamar. For more information you can check out wheatsville.com