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Old 07-29-2009, 03:52 PM   #11
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The only vegetables I wash before storing are ones I pick from my own garden - especially root vegetables with lots of soil clinging to them - & I make sure they are completely dry before storing.

I never prep vegetables until I'm nearly ready to cook them. It's well-known that cutting up vegetables long before use allows many of the nutrients to escape.
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Old 08-23-2009, 09:39 AM   #12
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I do wash the vegetables before storing them in the fridge. Only to wash again when it's time for me to cook them. So thanks for the tips here. I guess I won't have to wash them if I intend not to cook them so soon.
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Old 08-24-2009, 02:06 PM   #13
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The only vegetables I wash before storing are ones I pick from my own garden - especially root vegetables with lots of soil clinging to them - & I make sure they are completely dry before storing.

I never prep vegetables until I'm nearly ready to cook them. It's well-known that cutting up vegetables long before use allows many of the nutrients to escape.
Escaped nutrients held my family for ransom until they got half a million dollars and a helecopter to take them to the nearest GNC.
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Old 09-15-2009, 06:01 AM   #14
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I guess I'm definitely with the majority here. I find that if I wash veggies before storing they don't last as long. Even if they're damp (a lot of grocery stores have sprinkler systems on the produce aisles to make them look prettier) I try to dry them because the wet in the vegetable crisper drawer makes the veggies spoil faster. This might not be much of an issue if you have a large family and go through them very quickly. But even though my husband and I eat a lot of fresh produce, storing them too damp means I have to throw out food, which I hate to do, especially things I have to by in set amounts (i.e., carrots, celery, sometimes lettuce).
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Old 09-15-2009, 10:04 AM   #15
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I guess I'm definitely with the majority here. I find that if I wash veggies before storing they don't last as long. Even if they're damp (a lot of grocery stores have sprinkler systems on the produce aisles to make them look prettier) I try to dry them because the wet in the vegetable crisper drawer makes the veggies spoil faster. This might not be much of an issue if you have a large family and go through them very quickly. But even though my husband and I eat a lot of fresh produce, storing them too damp means I have to throw out food, which I hate to do, especially things I have to by in set amounts (i.e., carrots, celery, sometimes lettuce).
This was such a slap-myself-on-the-forehead moment for me. I just figured out why cilantro from the grocery store doesn't last very long for me, while cilantro from the farmers market lasts twice as long. Dampness. Brilliant. Thank you. I think I will try to remember to put cilantro through the salad spinner and then let it air dry a bit before refrigerating in the future.
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