Australia is grappling with a series of chaotic weather events, this has resulted in supermarkets facing shortages of essential food items such as fruit and vegetables, a growing issue that is becoming increasingly common throughout the country. Therefore it’s never been more important to extend the shelf life of your produce for as long as possible. In this blog post, we’ll explore some easy steps to ensure your leafy greens stay crisp and vibrant for weeks.
Step 1: Trim the Ends for Freshness
The first and crucial step in maintaining the freshness of your leafy greens is to trim the ends. This applies not only to leafy greens but also to herbs like parsley or coriander. By cutting off the ends, you create a fresh base that allows the greens to absorb water and nutrients more effectively, extending their life. Anything with a drying base should be chopped off to give your greens a nice, clean start.
Step 2: Wash and Dry Thoroughly
Before storing your leafy greens in the fridge, it’s essential to wash them thoroughly. Washing removes any dirt or contaminants that might accelerate the wilting process. However, the key is to ensure they are super dry before storage. Excess moisture can lead to premature decay. Simply pat dry with a tea-towel.
Step 3: Embrace the Veggie Saver
One effective way to keep your leafy greens fresh is by using a Veggie Saver. This innovative product helps maintain the optimal conditions for your greens. Start by dampening the Veggie Saver—run it under the tap for a few seconds, ensuring it’s moist but not dripping. Then, wring out any excess water.
Massage the water gently into the central layer of the Veggie Saver to evenly distribute the moisture. Open up the Veggie Saver and ensure you place your leafy greens on top of any other produce, or give them a Veggie Saver bag dedicated for your lighter more delicate produce. This option prevents the greens from getting crushed by heavier produce, ensuring they remain crisp and intact.
Additional Tips for Prolonging Freshness:
- Store in the Fridge Properly: Place your Veggie Saver with leafy greens in the crisper drawer of your fridge (again ensure your Veggie Saver sits on top of any other produce). The controlled humidity in this section helps to preserve the freshness.
- Avoid Overcrowding: Don’t pack too many greens into one Veggie Saver. Overcrowding can lead to bruising and faster decay. Allow some space for air circulation.
- Check and Rehydrate: Periodically check the condition of your leafy greens and Veggie Saver. You will need to re-dampen your Veggie Saver every few days.
By following these simple steps and incorporating the Veggie Saver into your routine, you can enjoy crisp and fresh leafy greens for a more extended period. Keeping your greens at their best not only enhances their flavour but also ensures you get the maximum nutritional benefits from every bite!