Produce Storage Tips: How to Buy and Store Produce to Save Money and Reduce Waste

Fruits and vegetables are obviously a big part of a healthy diet, but oftentimes they end up as hairy, slimy science experiments in the bottom of the produce drawer at the end of the week.


Let’s change that, mkay?

In this post you will find lots of produce tips that will help you get the most out of these nutritional powerhouses, from how to buy them to how to store them.

The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Cheatsheet shows which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticides (Dirty Dozen: buy these organic), and which have little to none (Clean Fifteen: okay to buy non-organic).

Produce Storage

Store your produce according to these guidelines for maximum freshness.


Store these items on the refrigerator shelf

ripe avocado



bell pepper

mushrooms (in brown bag)

summer squash

Store these items in the refrigerator drawer









greens/leafy greens

green beans

Store these items on the countertop


unripe avocado




Store these items in the pantry



sweet potatoes

winter squash

Additional Tips…..

~ wash all fruit just prior to eating to prevent early spoilage

~ cut celery and store it in a container of water to keep it crisp

~ wrap a damp (not wet) paper towel around lettuce to keep it from wilting

~ store a cut avocado with the pit intact and a piece of onion in the bag to prevent browning

~ wrap the stems of your bananas with foil to keep them from browning too fast (if they are already to that point, just halve and freeze for smoothies!)

~ never rinse mushrooms; wipe them down with a damp cloth instead

~ toss cut apples with a little lemon juice to keep them from browning

Don’t let fear of spoilage keep you from buying lots of fruits and veggies. Just follow the tips above and you’ll be throwing out less produce than ever!

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