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Shop Fresh: 10 Produce Items That Have the Most Staying Power

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The gases they emit can cause rotting to happen at a quicker rate.



For a maximum shelf life of between two and four months, you should first cut off the  greens. This will slow down water loss. They should be stored in a perforated plastic bag in the crisper drawer. Even if they are just stored in the refrigerator, they can still last for up to two weeks.


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The green pepper lasts the longest of the variety due to its low sugar content. Green peppers last two to three weeks stored in a plastic back in the refrigerator’s crisper drawer. When picking out green peppers, opt for the heavier and less shriveled looking ones. This will ensure a longer period of freshness.


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Garlic can last up to three months in a cool, dark area. Your kitchen cabinet is a good spot to store garlic. Keep the garlic in the mesh bag they were most likely purchased in for optimal freshness. Once the garlic bulb is broken into, unpeeled individual cloves will last for a week or so at room temperature.

Reviewed March 17, 2016
by Michele Blacksberg RN 
Edited by Jody Smith

7 Popular Fruits and Vegetables That Last a Long Time. Still Tasty. March 16, 2016. 

How Long Do Vegetables Last? Woman's Day. March 16, 2016.

12 Fruits and Vegetables That Won't Go Bad. Rodale's Organic Life. March 16, 2016.

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