Moms Everyday Minute: Choosing The Right Produce

There are a lot of fresh food options in the produce department. Some items last longer than others on store shelves and at your home.

It is recommended that you always inspect your food before buying it.

If you buy fresh food that is not damaged, it will last longer when you unload it at home.

Dietitian at Superior Hyvee in Lincoln, Travis Lucas, said that you should always look over the items before put them in your cart.

"You don't know how long they've been on the truck or if another customer dropped it on the floor," said Lucas.

Citrus fruits are in season right now. He recommends you test the weight of the fruit.

"You want a citrus that feels heavy, because then you know there's a lot of juice in it," said Lucas. Also, avoid soft spots on citrus.

Store citrus at room temperature for one week. Or you can refrigerate them for up to 1-2 months.

When selecting berries, don't be afraid to open the packaging.

Travis Lucas recommends you check over the berries to make sure they are firm and that there is no mold. Put them in the refrigerator without washing them. They will last 3-5 days.

Leafy greens won't last more than a week in your refrigerator. To make sure they make it that long, Lucas recommends you choose crisp, brightly colored greens.

"When you bring them home rinse them, then pat them dry with a paper towel and store them in a plastic sack. They should stay good for up to 5 days," said Lucas.

Onions can last about a month if you find the right one and store it correctly.

Look for an onion that doesn't have a long sprout on top. You want a crisp while shell without any bruising and an intact root.

Keep onions in a cool, dry place and away from potatoes.

If you want to get information about the produce in your grocery store, just talk with a produce department employee with questions and information on when items are delivered.


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