How to Keep Chopped Vegetables Fresh Longer

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Cucumbers in airtight container

Want to keep chopped vegetables fresh longer?

I know I definitely do! Lately, I’ve been spending more time chopping and storing produce in airtight containers. When veggies are ready to grab and go, then my family is more likely to eat them as healthy snacks or in quick salads.

So how do I keep them from spoiling in the process? Try these simple strategies to extend the shelf life of your prepared vegetables!

lettuce in bowl on the counter

1. Keep lettuce/salad greens stored in a container lined with paper towel.

As soon as you bring your lettuce home from the store, wash it, and run it through a salad spinner. Then store it loosely in a covered container lined with paper towels. This will help keep it crisp for up to a week!

bell pepper slices in container

2. The paper towel trick also works for storing bell peppers.

Wash and sliced bell peppers, then store in an airtight container lined with a paper towel.

Cucumbers in airtight container

3. Layer sliced cumbers in a covered container and top it with a paper towel.

Store the container in the fridge upside down and the towel will soak up any extra moisture to keep them crunchy.

Check out our favorite vegetarian meal ideas!

About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 5

  1. Angela Harrison

    That reminds of my grandmother put paper in the veggie drawer. Thank for thr reminder an a sweet memory! = : – D

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Awww, how sweet! Thanks for sharing your memory!

  2. Angela Harrison

    Thank you?

  3. Lily

    Is there a post that covers more fruits and vegetables (as this post only covers how to store three veggies)? And can you provide how much longer using these methods extends the vegetables’ lives?

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      We do have an older post on our sister site you can look at when you click here. While you are looking at that post, make sure to read the comments for more helpful tips!

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