Ever gone on a produce run only to have your items spoil by the end of the week? Choosing long-lasting fruits and vegetables can help you reduce your food waste and help you integrate more vitamins and minerals into your day! Read on as we reveal some of the best fruits and vegetables that last the longest and how to keep them fresh.
Fruit and vegetables are fun to use when they’re fresh, ripe and in-season (like these delicious summer fruits and vegetables), but there may be times when you’ve either bought too many or continue to buy so many delicious items that some get left to the wayside to spoil. While you can plan your shopping list using our Simple Inspirations, which are found on the back of many Jenny Craig entrees, or discover a new recipe, you can also buy a few items that will last longer than others. Here are some of the best fruits and veggies that last in your fridge and/or pantry:
Fruits that last
- Apples (up to 2 weeks in refrigerator)
- Canned/frozen fruit (up to 2-3 months)
- Lemons (1-2 months in refrigerator)
- Oranges (2-3 weeks in refrigerator)
- Watermelon (up to 2 weeks)
Vegetables that last
- Beets (up to 2 weeks)
- Cabbage (up to 2 weeks or longer in refrigerator)
- Canned/frozen vegetables (up to 2-3 months)
- Carrots (2-3 weeks in refrigerator)
- Celery (1-2 weeks in refrigerator)
- Garlic (2-3 months in a cool, dry area)
- Onions (4 weeks or longer)
- Potatoes (4 weeks or longer)
- Turnips (up to 4 weeks)
- Winter squash, such as pumpkin, butternut squash, etc. (up to 3 months)
Keep in mind how you store these items, too. Carrots in bags can have an extended shelf life by placing a paper towel in the bag to absorb excess moisture. Apples should be placed in a plastic bag in the fruit crisper section of your refrigeration and away from vegetables, since the ethylene gas apples produce makes produce ripen faster.
Finding fruits and veggies like the ones listed above allows you to enjoy these items for weeks to come, and not have to worry about replenishing them with every trip to the grocery store. Discover other Fresh & Free Additions recipes and strategies by reading our articles and discussing them with one of our Jenny Craig consultants. Schedule a meeting with a consultant today by finding a location near you or calling 866-706-4042—we can’t wait to help you with your health and nutrition goals!
Jenny Craig Unlimited/Limited food list (PDF)