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Top Secrets to Making Your Fruits and Veggies Last Longer

There’s nothing quite like biting into a fresh, juicy strawberry. Or making creamy mashed potatoes from scratch instead of settling for paste-like dried flakes. But unfortunately, fresh produce can go bad too quickly, which is stressful when you’re trying to meal plan and wasteful when you find yourself throwing out expensive food week after week.

Luckily, there’s a solution. Besides opting for the highest quality, freshest produce available in your area, you can also do a few things when you get home to prolong the life of your fruits and vegetables.

As a general rule, be sure to always shop for produce that’s in season and store it properly once you get home. Even if you don’t have a very specific meal plan, have a general idea of when you plan to eat everything you buy, and try not to buy too much at once (no matter how tempting those peaches look!). Finally, follow these simple tips for keeping all of your expensive, delicious fresh fruits and yummy veggies fresh for as long as possible.

1. Onions

Fresh onions, just picked, on wooden table. There are 3 onions freshly harvested, they are yellow orange in color.

Fresh onions, just picked, on wooden table. There are 3 onions freshly harvested, they are yellow orange in color. Pantyhose keep onions fresh for 6 months. | iStock.com/Jelenast

Onions last a pretty long time no matter what you do, but you can keep them fresh for a whopping six months with just a regular old pair of pantyhose.

Start with a clean pair of pantyhose. Add onions to each leg, tying knots between each whole onion as you go. Once you’re done, hang the onion legs in a cool, dry place such as a pantry or cellar until you’re ready to enjoy. No pantyhose? A mesh bag will work similarly.