Mind your fruits and vegetables!
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It’s important to mind your fruits and vegetables!


This colorful and very readable infographic entitled “Ripe and Easy – A Guide to Produce Ripening” was designed by LundsandByerlys.com and although I do know some of these hints for storing and preparing fruits and vegetables to ripen, some are new to me and should prove useful.


It’s important to mind your fruits and vegetables!


Some hints I’ve discovered through my own experience also lengthen the viability of fruits and vegetables.

All of the fruits and vegetables that should be kept at room temperature, I place in a large wicker basket on our dining room table as an informal centerpiece. Not only is it attractive, I find we eat more of our daily requirement for fruit by having it visible and so readily available.

I  don’t know if its our climate, but I have noticed that melons of all types must be kept in the refrigerator here. Even being left out overnight tends to soften them prematurely. Besides, there’s just something much more appealing about eating crisp, cold slices of melon with a dollop of cottage cheese – YUM!!!

Never wash!

As a general rule of thumb, I don’t wash any produce until I’m ready to use it. Even if the washing itself isn’t detrimental to the produce, I find if they’re not dried very well, the moisture from washing promotes decay.

This is one I learned recently on the internet.

One of the fruits you’ll most likely find in our fruit basket is bananas. I used to just set the entire bunch in – still attached. I read a tip that bananas last much longer if they are separated and laid out in a layer on top with space between them – and it really works! I always place them in the basket last so they aren’t compressed and bruised by the weight of other items.

Save those plastic bread bag tags!

Onions and potatoes should not be stored together. I’m not sure what the chemical reaction is, but close proximity causes them both to deteriorate much more rapidly.

The best method of prolonging the viability of potatoes, onions and whole garlic is to drop them into the leg of a stocking one by one, twisting and binding with a plastic clip from bread bags between each one to keep them separated. (I never throw bread bag clips out as I have several uses for them.) Once the stockings are full, I hang them in separate closets in the coolest part of the house. I never get green spots and they last much longer than before I learned this trick.

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A fifties' child, mom, wife, avid genealogy researcher, web contributor and author/owner of four blogs including Empty Nest Ancestry, Feathering the Empty Nest, Top Web Blog Tips, Job Bully, and our extensive family genealogy database site at Blythe Genealogy.


This is one of my four blogs:

I'm a wife and mother, with a wonderful husband and two great 'kids' who are now young adults, and we live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada - in the great city of Chilliwack, to be exact (one hour from Vancouver).

Feathering the Empty Nest is my 'baby' that I have been nurturing and building or four years - ever since taking medical retirement from my government job because of disability issues. As a result, general health and well being, and losing weight are a concern for me and are therefore topics covered here. I also discuss marriage, raising a family (especially military families like ours) including parenting teens,adult children (or, if you prefer - parenting young adults living at home) as well as parenting children of all ages.

Of course, I can't forget our lovable, furry family members. Pet ownership is wonderful - especially once our kids have moved out on their own, so there is discussion about responsible pet ownership and care. Lifestyle changes that come with raising a family, retirement, and health issues, in addition to how these affect other aspects of our lives such as housekeeping, cooking and shopping matter a great deal. Being the lazy housekeeper and indifferent cook that I am, learning how to save money while still eating well has meant finding easy cooking recipes, experimenting with online grocery shopping and sharing invaluable household hints and tips.Our home remains our castle, whether our kids live here or elsewhere and home ownership and renovations, diy home projects and repair tips and hints play a large role.

Weave all of this together with humorous stories of children, pets, family life, marriage and any other silly little thing I can think of, and you have 'Feathering the Empty Nest.'

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