You can save more money when you take better care of the fruits and vegetables you eat.
The following paragraphs will provide some valuable money-saving tips about handling your fruits and vegetables. Even if the information is not completely new to you, why not get reacquainted with the facts about properly handling produce.
Fruits and Vegetable Blues
For many years, I used to constantly get the fruits and vegetable blues. Under ripe, over ripe, and spoiled produce, all used to be the bane of my existence!
For one reason or another, no matter how hard I tried, I found myself throwing produce away. But the day finally came when I put my foot down. I made it my business to learn what I could do on the subject.
Now, after years of wasting money, I take better care of the fruits and vegetables I eat and I’m happy to share what I learned.
Proper Handling of Produce
To have a healthy diet, you need to know how to use proper care in handling fruits and vegetables. Buying good produce and properly transporting it is an essential part of whether or not it will actually end up being healthy for you.
Around the time in my life when I first became concerned, I was determined to pick better produce. But later, as I really began to see what I was doing wrong, I noticed that a lot of my bad behavior started before I even got my produce home.
Do you know how to maintain the quality fruits and vegetables you buy, or do you ruin them before they make it to your kitchen, the way I used to do?
Fruits and vegetables supply us with vitamins, fiber, minerals and other phytochemicals that promote good health. But all too often, people tend to ruin the nutritional value that they would otherwise be getting.
This is mostly due to improper care and handling, at the grocery store, on the trip home from the store, and yes, even in your own kitchen.
First and foremost, you have to start recognizing and purchasing quality fruits and vegetables to begin with. Then you must know how to transport them safely to your kitchen.
How to Recognize Quality Produce
… it is always best to buy produce that has been kept on ice or refrigerated to maintain the proper temperature.
Purchasing the best quality fruits and vegetables amounts to recognizing the difference between good and bad produce. The way to do this is by choosing produce that isn’t bruised or shriveled, not to mention slimy on the outside.
These types of damaged goods can create and carry bacteria that is harmful to the body. Bacteria typically grows slowly at temperatures that fall below 40ºF.
So it is always best to buy produce that has been kept on ice or refrigerated to maintain the proper temperature.
…meats, poultry and fish should be packed and bagged separately at the check stand.
When grocery shopping, a good practice is to add the fruits and vegetables (as well as other perishables) to the shopping cart last. This will allow them to stay cool up until the moment you purchase and transport them home.
Fish, meat and poultry should always be kept in plastic bags in your grocery basket. The juices from these items must never be allowed to drip onto your fruits and vegetables. Salmonella poisoning is one harmful bacteria that can result from this kind of mishandling.
For sanitation purposes, meats, poultry and fish should be packed and bagged separately at the check stand.
Properly Transporting Fruits and Vegetables
It may be hard to believe, but even the short trip from the grocery store to your kitchen could be potentially harmful to your fruits and vegetables. This is especially so in this summertime, when the temperature inside a vehicle can be exceptionally high.
If your schedule doesn’t allow you to shop and go right home, try to plan your errands and activities so the grocery store is the last stop of the day. Remember, leaving fruits and vegetables cooking in the car while you run errands and make “quick stops” can be harmful to you and your family’s health.
Although the above tips were helpful to me as a consumer, you may already know and use this beneficial advice. If you do , that’s great! Keep doing what you’re doing if it’s right.
But keep in mind that there are other factors that determine how well preserved your produce is by the time you’re ready to eat it. Those factors have to do with proper cleaning, storing, and preparation of your fruits of vegetables.
I plan to share a little bit on those topics as well, so be sure to look for my additional stories about proper handling of fruits and vegetables, and feel free to offer feedback.