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monday, february 9 2015
CLEAN PLATES
 
 
 
 
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Your spinach needs to breathe.
keep your greens alive!
a simple trick to make them last longer
 
 
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You went to the farmer’s market and bought bunches and bunches of fresh greens. Then you tossed them in the fridge and, a few days later, wound up with bunches of shrivel, rot, limp and mush instead of crisp, healthy goodness. Much of the time, the culprit is the way you’re storing them.

Vegetables need to breathe. This does not mean that they should go full commando in your fridge, especially if you have uncovered fruit in the there, too. Why? Many fruits produce ethylene gas, which can speed up ripening and, ultimately, spoilage. So your greens do need to be covered, ideally in a plastic bag and—here is the trick—given a little bit of air. The fancy high-tech tool you will use to give your greens the gift of life? A pin.
 
 
 
 

bag 'em for their own good. and yes! you can (and should) re-use the bags.
 
 
 
 
An airtight bag literally suffocates your greens by cutting off all oxygen to your still-breathing greens. All you have to do is prick the plastic bag with a pin 10 or so times on each side and your greens will stay fresher longer.

Vegetables need their space. Don’t pack veggies tightly together, either; they need space for that oxygen to circulate.

Bonus Tip: Don’t clean produce until you’re ready to use it. It’s hard to get washed greens completely dry before storing, and dampness encourages bacteria growth.
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