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Fresh foods that keep a long time

Cinnamon Sep 17, 2006 08:58 PM

Started as a companion thread to this one, about shopping strategies:

Fresh things I've found that keep a decently long time include:

Citrus fruits
Roots and bulbs (potatoes, onions, etc.
)Some smaller chiles
Smoked trout and salmon in certain kinds of packs (Trader Joe's)

What would you add to that?

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  1. Cheese Boy RE: Cinnamon Sep 18, 2006 03:04 AM

    Butternut Squash ... Image: http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/images/b...

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      Theresa RE: Cinnamon Sep 18, 2006 11:02 AM

      I would add any veg still covered in soil. If I buy both clean carrots and muddy ones from the same stall at the farmer's market, the dirty ones stay hard for more than a month (and retain their flavour) and the clean ones go soft much sooner. I think spuds and other roots are the same.

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        piccola RE: Cinnamon Sep 18, 2006 05:23 PM

        Apples, up to a certain point.
        Eggs (refrigerated, of course)
        Cheese, assuming you don't get your germs all over it.

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          Cinnamon RE: piccola Sep 19, 2006 02:40 AM

          Ah, this jogged my memory regarding cheese. While we all have to have the fancy varieties... there is this one bag of shredded cheese - cheddar and something else - that I bought at Vons... the Vons brand... for some mundane reason - perhaps it was a free bonus they delivered or something. It has a special enzyme or such that lengthens its life and the stuff stayed fresh (and pretty good, actually) for nigh on forever.

        2. Candy RE: Cinnamon Sep 18, 2006 08:22 PM

          Cauliflower lasts well.

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            MMRuth RE: Candy Sep 24, 2006 06:13 PM

            As, I find, does broccoli.

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            Cinnamon RE: Cinnamon Sep 24, 2006 05:59 PM

            Any gourds.

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