Avoid this kind of scenario with these kitchen hacks that are sure to extend your fresh produce’s shelf life.

Don’t wash your produce before storing it in your fridge.

Trapped moisture will only accelerate your food’s deterioration so make sure to put them in the fridge as soon as you buy them. Wash your vegetable or fruit only when you’re about to eat them.

Store your fruits and vegetables separately.

Fruits like apple and banana should be stored separately from vegetables because they produce high amounts of the gas called ethylene which speeds up the ripening process.

Put the apples together with the potatoes, instead.

This same ethylene gas, however, could prevent potato sprouts from growing. Having just one apple in a bag of potatoes help in keeping them fresher longer.

Transfer the milk in glass bottles.

Transfer milk in a glass bottle to prolong its shelf life, especially if you’re not the type to consume a carton quickly. Glass bottles do a better job at sealing in the milk and keeping it cool compared to its original carton packaging

Line your greens with paper towel.

The best way to store leafy vegetables is to place them in a Ziploc bag and line it with paper towels. The paper towels will absorb the excess moisture from the veggies, keeping it from wilting too quickly.

Wash your berries in vinegar.

Berries are notorious for going moldy fast but you can prevent this by soaking them for a few seconds in three cups water and one cup vinegar before storing them in the fridge.

Wrap celery in aluminum foil.

Prevent your celery from going limp and mushy by wrapping it in aluminum foil. Retaining its plastic packaging will only trap ethylene inside which will accelerate spoilage. Aluminum works better in letting your celery “breathe” by allowing this gas to pass through.

Wipe olive oil or lemon juice on avocado halves.

Lemon juice and olive oil have certain chemicals that help in slowing down the oxidation process, thereby making your avocadoes last longer.

Avoid sugar clumps with marshmallow.

Keep your sugar from clumping by putting it in an air-tight container and placing a few marshmallows in it. This method works well for both brown and white sugars.

Don’t forget to store herbs properly.

To preserve tender herbs like parsley, cilantro, mint, or dill, give it a cold wash and trim the ends of the stem. Remove any browned or wilted leaves and then place it in a jar with a few inches of water. Place a plastic bag over it and secure it before finally storing it in the fridge.

For hard herbs like rosemary, thyme, chives, and oregano, arrange it lengthwise on a damp towel, roll it up loosely and place it in a plastic resealable bag or cling wrap. Store it in the fridge afterward.