We are all feeling the inflation rise with higher prices for fruits and vegetables.
What Can You Do?
Here are some tips to help you make wise decisions when buying these items and also help you keep produce safe.
It’s best to choose produce that is not damaged or bruised.
When buying pre-cut, bagged or packaged produce, such as salad greens or half a cantaloupe, check that the produce is refrigerated or surrounded by ice.
Most of us know to always store fresh fruits and vegetables separately from raw meats, poultry and seafood when taking groceries home from the store. There was a case of raw blood from a torn hamburger meat package dripping onto raw salad greens which caused an outbreak of E. Coli! This was preventable if the vegetables and raw meat had been packed separately at the grocery store.
Separate For Safety
It’s very important to keep raw fruits and vegetables separate from raw meats and seafood, and also to use separate kitchen utensils for these items. When finished with food preparation, always wash the knives and cutting boards in hot soapy water or the dishwasher.
Tips To Follow
You can save money on produce with these helpful tips:
*Buy produce which is cold and refrigerate immediately when home.
*Use clean and sanitary utensils for food preparation.
*Cut away damaged or bruised areas on fresh fruits and vegetables before preparing or eating.
*Do not wash fruits and vegetables with soap, detergent or a commercial produce wash as these steps are not effective.
*Even if you do not plan to eat the skin of fruits and vegetables, wash with water first to prevent dirt and bacteria transferring from the surface when peeling or cutting.
*Use a clean produce brush to scrub firm produce with water such as melons and cucumbers which will also remove surface contaminants.
By following these tips, you will reduce produce wastage and reduce your food costs!