How to Reduce Produce Waste and Make it Last Longer




Have you ever wondered how to reduce produce waste? I can’t be the only one that has gone to the store and loaded up on fresh produce only to find half of it spoiled two days later.  With the price of organic produce, I needed to find a way to stop this from happening. This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid.

How to Reduce Produce Waste and Make it Last Longer

How to Reduce Produce Waste

Depending on the time of the year, I may get produce from the grocery store, the farm stand or our garden. Either way, I want it to stay fresh and last as long as possible. Here are a few tips that are working for me.

Look before you buy

Before you buy the berries, ears of corn or bag of apples, look at what you’re buying. Inspect the produce for bruises, tears or soft fruit. Damaged produce will cause the rest of the produce in the container to go bad faster.

How to Reduce Produce Waste and Make it Last Longer

Buy what you will use

A three pound box of fresh peppers may cost less per pound than the one pound box. But, if you’ll only use one pound and the other two go to waste, you haven’t saved any money. Buy what you’ll use so you don’t waste any unless you remember this next tip.

Freeze the excess

If you do find a particularly great deal on produce, make sure that you keep what you’ll use out. Then, freeze the rest before it starts to go soft. Then, you’ll be able to enjoy it long after the season is over.

How to Reduce Produce Waste and Make it Last Longer

Keep it fresh

Once you bring your produce home, make sure that you keep it fresh. Not all produce needs to be stored in the refrigerator. Some produce does best on the counter (like bananas and citrus fruit). Some should be refrigerated to keep it at it’s best (like grapes and fresh greens).

Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers will help ensure your produce stays good for as long as possible. The FreshVent Lid naturally regulates the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide to create the optimal environment so your produce stays farm fresh. The CrispTray elevates produce away from moisture and promotes proper airflow to help prevent spoilage. The lid filter lasts a lifetime, no replacements needed.

As a result of throwing away fresh produce, Americans waste $24 billion worth of produce every year, which is the equivalent of $192 per household.** If only they had read these tips on how to keep produce fresh.

How to Reduce Produce Waste and Make it Last Longer

There are three different sizes of Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers so you’ll have the perfect size for everything from your blueberries to your fresh lettuce: small (2.5 cups), medium (6.3 cups), and large (17.3 cups). Of course, they are BPA free and dishwasher safe.

I normally just keep my produce in the container it comes from the grocery store in, and I do notice that it goes bad relatively quickly. After using the Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers after last week’s grocery shopping trip, I was thrilled to see that my produce really did stay fresh longer. That means I can make more of my favorite vegetable recipes without wasting produce.

For more information about these amazing containers, visit Rubbermaid.com.

One of my readers will win a 3 piece set of Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers like the ones I featured above.

*Based on strawberries in FreshWorks™ containers vs. store packaging. Results may vary depending upon produce and use.
** Source: USDA 2014

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Comments

  1. Shea Adams says:
    I learned that the FreshWorks containers are BPA-free and made with non-toxic plastics.
  2. Jill Jeffrey says:
    It keeps things fresh 80 percent longer than any other!
  3. I learned that you shouldn't wash or cut the produce before placing into the FreshWorks container.
  4. Lisa Coomer Queen says:
    These are great tips. I really like the Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers. I love that they are BPA -free. Thanks!
  5. angela smith says:
    technology keeps your produce fresh up to 80% longer.
  6. Sandra U. says:
    FreshWorks™ containers are BPA-free and made with non-toxic plastics.
  7. I learned not to wash my veggies when I put them in the Freshworks containers.
  8. Nicole Sender says:
    The FreshVent Lid would keep my veggies fresh. I'd like to try Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers.
  9. Nicole Sender says:
    I learned that the unique design of this container creates the optimal environment to keep produce fresh.
  10. I learned that Americans throw away $24 billion worth of produce each year.
  11. Dana Rodriguez says:
    I learned they keep produce fresh up to 80% longer.
  12. I learned that the condensation on the inside means the containers are working. I have some green boxes (As Seen on TV brand) and always wiped off the condensation. I thought it would make the produce soggy. I really like the Rubbermade brand and these look sturdy. A few of my green box lids have cracks in them and should be replaced.
  13. I learned that FreshWorks™ containers are BPA-free and made with non-toxic plastics!!  That is so wonderful!  I always worry when I heat things up in the microwave.
  14. SheSpeaks says:
    We absolutely love your post! The vegetable recipes look so delicious!
  15. Tammy Shelton says:
    I learned that the CrispTray™ elevates produce away from moisture and promotes proper airflow to help prevent spoilage.
  16. shelly peterson says:
    I learned that Americans waste 23 billion pounds of fresh produce each year because it spoils.
  17. Kristin C says:
    Wow - I didn't realize that households on average waste 187 pounds of produce per year.
  18. Missy Schutz says:
    I learned that FreshVent™ membrane never needs to be removed or replaced. Also no BPA, love that!
  19. So interesting - This says not to wash or cut produce before placing into FreshWorks™ container! I always do that...
  20. I learned that the FreshWorks containers are BPA-free and made with non-toxic plastics!
  21. Americans waste 187 pounds of fresh produce a year.
  22. Dynal Roberson says:
    FreshWorks™ containers are BPA-free and made with non-toxic plastics.
  23. I learned they keep produce fresh up to 80% longer.
  24. I learned that they are easily stackable!
  25. Julie Waldron says:
    I learned that when there's condensation inside it means the product is working
  26. Melissa Storms says:
    I learned that the CrispTray keeps produce lifted above any moisture to prevent rotting.
  27. Tracie Cooper says:
    I love how the fresh vent technology keeps produce fresh 80% longer than without it!
  28. Tonya Flores says:
    that the condensation inside of the bowls means the product is working.
  29. Barbara Montag says:
    Something I learned and liked - FreshWorks can keep your produce up to 80% longer. thank you
  30. Gina Ferrell says:
    I learned that the FreshWorks™ containers are BPA-free and made with non-toxic plastics.
  31. Angela Vaught Montgomery says:
    I learned that they keep your produce fresh up to 80 percent longer
  32. I love that it keeps produce fresh for a longer time. I am wondering how it would keep avocado. They are my frenemy.... also, salad greens never seem to stay as crisp. I like the large size for salad greens.
  33. I hate having produce spoil before I get to use it. These help keep your produce fresher 80% longer which is a blessing!
  34. These seem and look like such great containers. On the website I learned that Americans throw away $24 billion worth of produce each year. .. that amount of money and waste is insane!
  35. Amanda lea says:
    I had no idea we waste so much produce here!
  36. Chrissy says:
    I learned that all of the FreshWorks products are BPA free!
  37. janetfaye says:
    I learned Condensation inside means the product is working.
  38. Ashley C says:
    I learned that it has a fresh vent membrane which never has to be removed or replaced
  39. jeremy mclaughlin says:
    it keeps produce fresher 80% longer.
  40. I learned the Largecontainer is 17.3 cupsand optimal for leafy greens . :)
  41. Jennifer Bay says:
    FreshVent™ Lid contains revolutionary membrane that naturally regulates the flow of Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide to create the optimal environment so your produce stays farm fresh.
  42. Billie Rowell says:
    Americans waste 23 billion pounds of fresh produce each year. That's a lot!
  43. Leah Shumack says:
    I learned that they keep products about 80% longer than normal!
  44. Kristin McCall says:
    I learned that Americans throw away $24 billion worth of produce each year.
  45. I learn that those help you keep your products 80% longer!! Also American waste %24 billion of products each year!!!

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