Sometimes when you go to buy groceries, you get too excited and throw a little bit of everything in your cart. Fruits and vegetables continue to mature and, unfortunately, you end up throwing away a lot of what you bought because it’s no longer able to be consumed.

Proper food storage can save you money and prevent your fruits and vegetables from decaying quickly. It’s important that you take into account the climate of the place where you live, because this can also affect the maturation of food. The more humid and hot the place is, the more risky it is for some vegetables.

Enlighten shares with you some helpful tips to make your groceries last and stay fresh and crisp much longer.

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1. Wrap the stems of bananas with plastic or aluminum foil

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Bananas produce ethylene gas over their maturation period. By covering the stems with plastic or aluminum foil, you can prevent it from spreading to other parts of the fruit, preventing the pulp from softening too quickly.

  • It will keep them fresh for 4-5 days.

2. Place the onions in nylon stockings, twisting or tying knots between each of them so that they are separated.

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Too much moisture could make onions rot in a short amount of time. It’s best to keep them in a cool place with little light. You can put them in nylon stockings or in tights that have holes and hang them to keep them better.

  • Their storage period can be extended by up to 6-8 months.

3. Garlic likes dark places with low humidity.

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The ideal way to store garlic is to keep it in a container or a paper bag that is in a dark and dry place.

  • If you keep the garlic bulbs intact they can last up to 2 months. If you separate the cloves, their storage time is shortened to 3 to 10 days.

4. Parsley, cilantro, basil, and asparagus: place the stems in a container with water and leave them at room temperature (without washing them).

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If you don’t want to put them in the refrigerator, it’s important to keep them in water, just as you’d do with flowers.

  • In good condition, they can last from 4 to 5 days.

5. Keep potatoes in a dark and cool place.

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Avoid placing them in plastic bags. It is better to put them in paper or mesh bags instead. Another option to preserve them may be a box with grids that is covered with newspaper or absorbent paper on the bottom. The ideal storage temperature ranges from 44ºF to 51ºF.

  • Properly stored, raw potatoes will last for 1 to 2 weeks.

6. If the avocados are not ripe, cover them with newspaper and put them in a paper bag.

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If the avocados are green, placing them in the refrigerator will stop the ripening process. You should wrap them with newspaper and place them inside a paper bag. If you want them to mature even faster, place a banana inside the bag.

  • With bag: they take 3 to 5 days to mature
  • Without a bag: they take up to 7 days
  • Bag and banana: 2-3 days

7. Tomatoes should be stored at a temperature higher than 50ºF to better preserve their flavor.