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Split Peas - Store Well Waste Less

Store Well Waste Less Split Peas

■ To maximize shelf life, store dry split peas in an airtight container in a cool, dark, dry place. Stored well, they keep their quality for 2 years or longer.

■ Cooked split peas can be refrigerated for up to a week.

Sweet Potatoes - Store Well Waste Less

Store Well Waste Less Sweet Potatoes

■ Store in a cool, dark area in an open container or bag that allows air flow. Use within 2 weeks for best quality. Refrigeration of raw sweet potatoes can cause a hard center and an unpleasant taste.

■ Scrub under cool running water just before using.

Leafy Greens - Store Well Waste Less

Store Well Waste Less

■ Wrap greens in a damp paper towel and refrigerate in an open plastic bag or container. Use most greens within 5 to 7 days for best quality.

■ Wash greens just before using to reduce spoilage.

1. Swish leaves in a large bowl of cool water.

Whole Grains - Store Well Waste Less

Store Well Waste Less Whole Grains

■ Heat, air and light can make whole grains taste and smell rancid. Store whole grains in:

Cheese - Store Well Waste Less

Store Well Waste Less Cheese

■ Store cheese in the refrigerator. Soft cheeses may only keep for a week. The harder the cheese, the longer it can be stored.

Watermelon - Store Well Waste Less

Store Well Waste Less Watermelon

■ Whole melons can be kept at room temperature for 7 to 10 days. They ripen only slightly after picking and begin to lose flavor and texture with longer storage. Refrigerate just before eating if desired.

■ Wash under cool running water before cutting.

Raspberries and Blackberries - Store Well Waste Less

Store Well Waste Less Caneberries

■ Refrigerate berries in a covered shallow container. Use raspberries within 1 to 3 days; blackberries within 3 to 5 days.

■ Rinse berries under cool running water just before using. Moisture during storage speeds spoilage.

Strawberries - Store Well Waste Less

Store Well Waste Less Strawberries

■ For best flavor and texture, plan to eat or freeze strawberries very soon after picking.

■ To store for 1 to 3 days, refrigerate without washing or removing the green cap. Keeping the berries dry helps delay spoilage.

Asparagus - Store Well Waste Less

Store Well Waste Less Asparagus

■ Refrigerate fresh asparagus for up to 5 days.

Beef - Store Well Waste Less

Store Well Waste Less Beef

■ Refrigerate raw ground beef and use within a few days after the ‘sell by’ date for best quality.

■ Refrigerate cooked meat for up to a week. Freeze for longer storage; use within 2 to 3 months in any recipe using cooked ground beef.

Leeks - Store Well Waste Less

Store Well Waste Less Leeks

■ Leeks are best used soon after harvest. Refrigerate in a plastic bag for up to two weeks.

■ Wash just before use. Leeks need to be washed well because soil is pulled up around the stem as they grow. There is almost always grit caught between the layers.

Turnips - Store Well Waste Less

Store Well Waste Less Turnips

■ Remove turnip greens from the root and store separately in an open or perforated plastic bag in the refrigerator. Use within a few days.

■ Refrigerate turnip roots unwashed in a loosely closed plastic bag. Use within 1 week for best flavor.

Kiwi - Store Well Waste Less

Store Well Waste Less Kiwi

■ Unripe kiwi can be held in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks.

■ To ripen, put firm kiwifruit in a paper bag on the counter away from heat and light. To speed ripening, place an apple or banana in the bag with the kiwi.

Broccoli - Store Well Waste Less

Store Well Waste Less Broccoli

■ Store broccoli in the refrigerator in open or perforated plastic bags (make 20 holes in a medium bag). For best quality use within a week.

■ Wash just before using.

Cranberries - Store Well Waste Less

Store Well Waste Less Cranberries

■ Store fresh cranberries in their original packaging or a tightly sealed plastic bag for up to 2 months in a refrigerator crisper. Remove any soft or decayed berries to help them store longer.

■ Rinse fresh cranberries just before using.

Kale - Store Well Waste Less

Store Well Waste Less Kale

■ Refrigerate kale in an open or perforated plastic bag for 3-5 days. Flavor becomes stronger and more bitter as kale is stored.

■ Wash kale just before using. Storing it wet can speed spoilage. • Fill a large bowl with cool water and swish loose leaves around.

Peaches - Store Well Waste Less

Store Well Waste Less Peaches

■ Keep peaches at room temperature until ripe for best flavor and texture. Ripen peaches in a loosely closed paper bag. Add an apple or banana to speed ripening. Check daily until soft, then eat or refrigerate.