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Need help with fresh produce storage. Any ideas?

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Wazatron Nov 1, 2011 10:20 AM

Hi all - long time reader, first time poster here. I've tried to dig through the boards to find other threads on this, and I believe I'm posting to the right place, but if I've committed and board faux pas (I'm not new to message boards :) feel free to let me know.

I have a big problem that I'm hoping to get some advice on. We subscribe to a local organic co-op produce delivery service. The produce is just beautiful and helps us eat well.

However, we have a side-by side fridge with ONE crisper drawer. We're also renting, so getting a new fridge is out of the question.

Fridges are obviously designed for the "traditional" american diet which unfortunately doesn't require a ton of storage considerations for fresh produce.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to store large bundles of fresh chard, whole beets without chopping off the good green stems, etc? I just unpacked our fresh box and our one drawer is already full. I feel so depressed that I might not be able to eat it all before it goes bad!

Any thoughts? Suggestions? Thanks everyone! Glad to be an official member now!

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  1. blue room RE: Wazatron Nov 1, 2011 10:30 AM

    This will only address part of your problem, but this post came to mind when I read your question.

    http://chocolateandzucchini.com/archi...

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      escondido123 RE: Wazatron Nov 1, 2011 11:37 AM

      When I get beets with tops, I cutoff the tops, wash them and then wrap in paper towels and then into plastic bag. Same wash/wrap technique for other leafy greens/herbs. I would also suggest getting a flat sided basket that fits in your frig. Line the bottom with towel--paper or fabric--and then pile in those things that are less delicate--beets, zucchini etc. Cover it with another towel and you should be fine for the week.

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        berkleybabe RE: Wazatron Nov 1, 2011 12:05 PM

        How about using a camping cooler? Rotate frozen ice packs to keep the veggies cool, then as your stash gets smaller you can get rid of it and just use the fridge.

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