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Frugal Tip: Preserving Produce

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, November 03, 2017 | 0 comments
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Image: Day 15 Preserving ProduceDid you know that if you wrap your celery in foil wrap before putting it in your refrigerator, it could last for up to 5 weeks?

It will still be fresh and crisp when you pull it out!

This also works for stored broccoli for up to 7 weeks wrapped in foil wrap, and heads of lettuce for up to 6 weeks!

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Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil
No need to cut it up, you can store it still all attached, just like it came home from the store. Just rinse and shake dry. Then wrap tightly in the foil wrap.

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Jodie O'Brien Ooooo posted: I knew the celery but not the broccoli and lettuce :) great tip!

Michelle Tomkins-Floyd posted: Thanks for that one

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Progressive International Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Keeper
Stephanie Miko posted: I buy a thing of celery for Thanksgiving stuffing . . . I leave half of it in the bag it came in, and shove it to the back of the drawer and use it for Christmas. I don't do anything fancy, and it's fine.

Carol Sanders-Sheehan posted: Just tried this with some celery....I never knew!

Caring Karen Canse See posted: Thanks. Great to know. I hate when it spoils within days.

Heather Minnich posted: Damn, thanks for that tip! I have some broccoli I have to ditch cuz I didn't know that tip.

Amanda Moore posted: good to know!

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Banana Bag and Celery Bag Combo
Pat Russell posted: really like this idea...

Paulette Reeves Schreifels posted: I use so little celery, I can buy it at the salad bar pretty cheap..and no preserving the remains!

Justine Hipson posted: You have no idea how much this makes me happy. those items are ALWAYS going bad in my house!!!

Phyllis Pegg Tyler posted: what a great idea to buy the celery at the salad bar

Laurie Mohler posted: I wrap my onions in foil too

Jack O. Gilliland Jr. posted: Try it with corn on the cob. Wrap onions like this and put some garlic with the onion.

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