Extend the Life of Your Summer Produce


We've all encountered being challenged by the last 1/4 of produce that you don't get to eat before it starts to lose its freshness. Or perhaps it's that hidden carton of blueberries you forgot about for a few days.


Before you decide to throw it out or condemn it to the compost, give them a check and consider it for reuse.


Check to make sure there is no mold and remove any decomposing items. If there are signs of mold, foul smell, the produce may not be useable. If the produce is less firm, but still edible - consider extending its life.


Freeze

Most fruits, vegetables, and herbs can be frozen and reused. This is a great option for left over fruits to create delicious, healthy, plant-based smoothies, pies, or fruit tarts. Use those leftover frozen carrots, celery, or corn for soup in a few months time. Precut the vegetables for easier reuse later on.


Repurpose Seeds

Perhaps it's past that tomatoes time to stick around, but want to enjoy it's goodness again next season.

  1. Take a paper bag, place the seeds pods in it and shake it around to break them up

  2. Spread the seed pods out on a tray and let them dry out for two weeks

  3. Plant them individually in a location with adequate sunlight and hydration


Dry or Dehydrate

The rosemary you used is started to hit the end of its road? Herbs like rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, and parsley can be hung in bundles to air dry. If you have access to a dehydrator, fruits like mangos, apples, pineapples, and more. Save your dehydrated fruit for a quick snack during the busy week.


Rehydrate

If you forgot about that last bit of green onion or carrot? Store the end in water until you can use the last bit of it. This works best for hearty vegetables such as cabbage, carrots, celery, or potatoes.



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