With the threat of COVID-19 heavy on our minds, many of us want to grocery shop less – in order to reduce our exposure to the virus. But, many of us don’t want to reduce the amount of fresh produce we are eating.
I am here to share the good news that it is possible to eat a diet rich in fresh produce while also going to the store every 2 weeks. I know it’s possible because I have been doing it for years. I’ll share tips to make your fresh fruits and vegetables last 2 weeks so you can stretch out your shopping trips.
Tip #1 – Add longer-lasting produce to your cart
In addition to buying produce with a typical shelf life, be sure to add produce that has a longer-lasting shelf life to your shopping cart.
Here is a list of the produce that easily lasts 2 weeks in our home:
- Vegetables: beets, cauliflower, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, potatoes, spaghetti squash, cabbage, onions
- Fruits: apples, oranges, pears, kiwi, pineapple, and melons
Tip #2 – Strategically plan your meals
Plan for meals that utilize the quick-to-spoil produce for the first week and meals utilizing the longer-lasting produce for the 2nd week.
Examples of meals that use these longer-lasting veggies:
- spaghetti made with spaghetti squash
- roasted veggie varieties served with roasted or grilled meats
- loaded baked potato or sweet potatoes
We also incorporate frozen produce into our meals in the 2nd week – utilizing frozen fruit for smoothies and frozen veggies in soups, stir fry, or casseroles.
Tip #3 – Use mason jars to store produce
If you haven’t ever used mason jars to store your produce, I highly recommend you give it a try. Mason jar food storage is a huge part of our kitchen! We use them to store food in the fridge, freezer, and pantry. I have never found anything that keeps produce fresh longer than mason jars. If you have a few laying around, I highly recommend you dust them off and start using them now!
Hopefully, these tips help keep you safe by reducing your grocery trips and helping you eat an ample supply of fresh produce. Check out this post on a few more ideas on how and why we shop every two weeks (or less).
Be sure to share with me how you are making your fruits and veggies last 2 weeks. Follow along in our Dinner for a Dollar FB Community!