How to Store Vegetables and Fruit Without Plastic Bags

04.25.2017

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When I was growing up, I understood that fruits and vegetables were stored in the refrigerator. As I slowly transitioned to being an adult, I realized that my assumptions were pretty wrong.

Living a more zero waste lifestyle makes you more conscientious and aware of your choices as a consumer. Not buying excessive food and buying a reasonable amount of perishable foods so that extra trash isn’t produced is also a part of the lifestyle. I had to learn that even as I continued on this journey. This meant that I had to really understand how certain fruits and vegetables ripened and why. There are a lot of articles and diagrams for how to store vegetables and fruit, but I thought I would draw up my own diagrams and create my own chart (which you can download here, Store Vegetables and Fruit Without Plastic Bags)

It’s amazing what you realize you don’t have to store in your refrigerator and how much room that frees up is also a gift in itself. There are a lot of ways to store vegetables and fruit, which will keep them from ripening too soon.

I organized my chart by color coding them with the different ways you would have to store the produce. The images below illustrate how to store the produce listed in the chart.

  1. Vegetables
    1. Yellow = Open Container in a location
    2. Orange = Open container with shallow water on countertop
    3. Green = Airtight/Open container in Refrigerator
    4. Dark Blue = Dry/Damp towel in Refrigerator
  2. Fruit
    1. Red = Open Container in a location
    2. Light Blue =ย Open container with shallow water on countertop
    3. Pink =ย Airtight/Open container in Refrigerator
    4. Violet =ย Dry/Damp towel in Refrigerator

Store Vegetables and Fruits Without Plastic Bags

3d illustration of empty cupboard

Store Vegetables and Fruits Without Plastic Bags- Countertop

Store Vegetables and Fruits Without Plastic Bags- Refridgerator

Download my chart in PDF format here, Store Vegetables and Fruit Without Plastic Bags.

I hope this post gives some helpful ideas as to how you can store your vegetables and fruit without plastic. I certainly have used it and it works great. It’s a lot less work in my own life to organize my refrigerator this way, so Happy Grocery and Produce Storing!

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6 thoughts on “How to Store Vegetables and Fruit Without Plastic Bags

  1. Food storage was always a questionable when I started living on my own. I’m glad my chart will help you. I know there are probably a lot of vegetables and fruit out there that aren’t listed so you can customize your chart however you please.

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome guide! Will downloaded to make sure I’ll keep my veggies fresh. I only knew about keeping the carrots, parsley, and coriander in water! Imagine how much food and electricity we could save with this! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

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  3. Wow, this is such a great resource! It makes perfect sense that some things need to be stored in different locations and differently, but I never realized what went where. I love the dry towel and wet towel ides. I’ll have to try that!

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  4. I’m so glad it helped! I was having issues of trying to figure out how to preserve my food so they wouldn’t ripen as fast. It was definitely one area of zero waste which I needed to figure out.

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  5. This is literally just what I needed! I have been having issues with my greens and cucumbers going bad before I could finish them. I’ll also be moving my potatoes out of the fridge because I guess I don’t need to fill up space with them any more! Thanks for making such an easy to use graphic ๐Ÿ™‚

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