Is there anything worse than grabbing that bag of spinach you bought two days ago, only to find it’s turned into a watery, green pile of mush? Yep, we’ve been there. So, we took to the internet to find out the top tips for making your fresh produce last longer.

Beyond the annoyance, food waste is a huge problem – over five million tonnes of food end up in landfill each year (enough to fill 9000 Olympic swimming pools). Cutting back on food waste doesn’t just positively impact the planet; it can also help your wallet, too! So, with that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best food-saving hacks to help your fresh produce last longer.

Asparagus

Did you know that you should store asparagus like a bouquet?! This delicious and nutritious vegetable can go the distance in your cooking (we love it steamed, baked and even fried) but it can easily go off if stored incorrectly. To keep your leftover asparagus fresher for longer, trim the ends as you would before putting flowers in a vase and place them in a jar with some water. This will keep them hydrated, fresh and ready to use for your next dish.

Avocados

This tasty fruit has gained a lot of popularity (and notoriety among millennials in particular) over the years, and for good reason. But one thing people neglect to mention when talking about avocado is the fact that it goes bad really, really quickly. You might already know this trick but, if you don’t keep the seed in the unused half of your avo and squeeze a little bit of lemon juice on the flesh then store it in an airtight container! This will stop it from going brown and ensure it’s perfect for your next meal, limiting the amount of food you waste at home.

Mushrooms

Hold on a second – before you open that fridge door to put away your mushrooms, listen up! Your mushrooms will last longer if you store them in a cool, dry place. Keeping them out of the fridge and in a paper bag will help reduce moisture levels, leaving them clean and dry and thus extending their longevity. If you find they are already a little too dry, pop them under a running tap, and you’ll soon see them plump back up.

Spinach

Spinach is something a lot of us have in the fridge, all the time – a healthy, easy go-to for countless recipes. The only downside is that it doesn’t long. To extend the life of fresh spinach simply line a container or reusable snap-seal bag with biodegradable paper towels. Pick out any of the funky looking leaves of spinach, and make sure the spinach is as dry as possible before closing the container/bag completely. Depending on how fresh the spinach is when you buy it, this method will keeps spinach fresh in the fridge for at least five to seven days (sometimes longer).

Blueberries

Blueberries are a handy, delicious snack to have on hand in the fridge, but if you don’t store them correctly they’ll only last a few days. To make them last longer, give them a quick bath in a vinegar and water solution the moment you get them home, dry them, and place them in a clean container lined with paper towels. The vinegar helps to kill any mold that could cause them to spoil, and this method can make them last as long as 10 days.

There you have it. We hope these tips will help your fresh produce last longer, but you’ll need some extra help – check out the Yumbox Chop Chop, the Fluf pouches and Wean Green‘s glass containers online now!