Keep It Fresh!

fresh,localDuring the month of April, Environmental Sustainability Staff “took to the streets” to talk to residents about food waste prevention. We spoke with many residents at Ventura Farmer’s Markets about proper food storage, and here are some of the tips we got to keep food fresh:

  • If salad greens begin to wilt, soak them in ice water to crisp them up before fixing a salad.
  • Keeps apples away from other foods. Apples give off ethylene gas, which can cause foods to spoil.
  • Have produce that’s past its prime? It may still be fine for cooking. Think soups, sauces, pies or smoothies.
  • Help keep air out of sour cream and cottage cheese tubs by storing them upside down in the fridge.
  • Freeze excess fruits, vegetables, meats, and anything else that won’t be eaten right away.
  • Wash berries just before eating to prevent mold.

Keeping food fresh longer means you’re more likely to eat it rather than toss it. The less you toss, the more money you save, and the better it is for the environment.


Want to learn more ways to reduce food waste? Join us in taking the Food Waste Prevention Challenge! Visit: for more information and to sign up.

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