Fruits and Vegetables – to Refrigerate or Not?

The next time you are putting your produce away, consider these tips for which fruits and vegetables to refrigerate and which not to refrigerate.

Nothing is more frustrating than buying fresh fruits and vegetables only to have them go bad after a few days. It is a waste of food and feels like a terrible waste of money. In most cases, improperly storing the produce is the issue, but the good news is this is a preventable problem.

Storing your produce properly is the best way to make it last and prevent premature rotting, so you get your money’s worth out of the product and nothing gets wasted. If you are unsure of which produce items you should refrigerate and which you shouldn’t, wonder no more.

Take a look below at some helpful information on which produce items should find a home in your refrigerator and which ones are nice and cozy on your counter tops. Knowing this information could save you tons of produce and money.

1. Tomatoes

The verdict: Do not refrigerate

Refrigeration can make tomatoes soft and affect their flavor. Instead, store tomatoes on an open counter where they are allowed to breathe. Do not keep them in a bag, which can cause them to ripen quickly and turn to mush.

2. Onions

The verdict: Do not refrigerate

Onions don’t do well when refrigerated as they can soften quickly. They love fresh air, so keep them in the mesh bag they came in and store them in a dry place such as the pantry.

3. Potatoes

The verdict: Do not refrigerate

Potatoes don’t like to be refrigerated because the cool temps can make them soft and affect the taste. It is also not wise to store them with other produce items on the counter or in a pantry as they give off gases that can make produce around them go bad quickly. Instead, store them in paper bags in a cabinet by themselves.

4. Grapes

The verdict: Do refrigerate

Grapes thrive on cool temperatures and must be kept in the refrigerator at all times. Leaving them out of the refrigerator will make them become soft and in a few hours they will start to wrinkle. Instead, place the bag in the refrigerator away from other produce items that could speed up their ripening.

5. Cucumbers

The verdict: Do not refrigerate

Cucumbers are quite sensitive. Cool temps can make cucumbers get soft and slimy quickly. Instead, keep them at room temp and away from other produce items because they are sensitive to the gases other fruits and vegetables give off.

6. Avocado

The verdict: Do refrigerate

This one may surprise people since most people keep avocado out on their counter tops until they need them. While this can speed up ripening, you want to refrigerate the avocado as soon as it has reached the perfect ripeness. This will help slow down the ripening so it stays fresh and ready for use for a good 3 – 4 days.

7. Leafy Greens

The verdict: Do refrigerate

You want to keep leafy greens cold, as this keeps them fresh and crispy! Storing them in a paper bag can help absorb moisture and keep the greens nice and fresh.

8. Green Peppers

The verdict: Do refrigerate

Peppers are quite durable and do well when kept refrigerated. In fact, a green pepper that is kept free from moisture can last a good 10 days in the refrigerator. This is true for most other varieties of peppers as well.

9. Bananas

The verdict: Do not refrigerate

Don’t even think about putting those bananas in the fridge. Instead, keep them on a counter top away from other produce items that can speed up the ripening process and make them go bad…fast!

10. Carrots and Celery

The verdict: Do refrigerate

Both of these items do well when stored in the refrigerator and the cool temps can help extend their life by days. Cut and wash both celery and carrots, and store them in a container or covered bowl until needed.

The next time you are putting your produce away, consider these tips for which fruits and vegetables to refrigerate and which not to refrigerate. It can help you make the most of your produce!

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Boho Fabric Wall Art

With just a few supplies you can easily make this DIY Boho Fabric Wall Art. And when you want a new look, changing the wall art is as easy as substituting the fabric with a new piece.

With just a few supplies you can easily make this DIY Boho Fabric Wall Art. And when you want a new look, changing the wall art is as easy as substituting the fabric with a new piece. Choose fabric in colors and patterns that match your decor.

With just a few supplies you can easily make this DIY Boho Fabric Wall Art. And when you want a new look, changing the wall art is as easy as substituting the fabric with a new piece.

Supplies Needed

  • Assorted wood embroidery hoops (uniform in size or varied)
  • Assorted fabric scraps in your choice of colors and patterns
  • Gold spray paint (or color of choice)
  • Scissors
  • Thumb tacks

Instructions

1. Begin by setting the embroidery hoops on a flat surface. Apply two coats of spray paint. We chose a bright gold, but you can use any color you wish. You do not have to separate the hoops, just keep them together and be sure to spray all sides.

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2. While the hoops are drying, decide which fabric swatches you want to use. Choose 3 – 5 different colors and patterns that complement each other.

3. Once the hoops are dry, insert the fabric between them. Pull tightly at the sides to remove any wrinkles and lines in the fabric. Tightening the hoop as much as you can will also help tighten the fabric and remove any wrinkles or creases.

4. Take your scissors and trim away excess fabric. You want the edges to be nice and clean.

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5. Since these are so lightweight, you can use thumb tacks to hang them. Just press the tacks into the wall and display your boho fabric wall art.

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No-Sew Cup Cozy for Mom

This No-Sew Homemade Cup Cozy is perfect for Mother's Day or anytime you want to let Mom know she's on your heart. She will love that you made it yourself!

By contributing writer Beth

This No-Sew Homemade Cup Cozy is perfect for Mother’s Day or anytime you want to let Mom know she’s on your heart. She will love that you made it yourself!

No Sew Felt Cup Cozy Supplies at The Happy Housewife

Supplies Needed

Instructions

1. Measure the circumference of the hair elastic when it is at rest (unstretched).

No Sew Felt Cup Cozy  at The Happy Housewife

2. Cut the red felt to a rectangle that will fit around about 2/3 of the holding area of the cup. The length should be no longer than the circumference of the elastic.

3. Cut a piece of pink felt a little smaller than the red piece.

4. Cut the trim to fit along the bottom of the red piece of felt.

5. Place a line of glue at the very bottom of the red felt. Allow it to set for about 10 seconds to get a little tacky.

No Sew Felt Cup Cozy  at The Happy Housewife

Firmly press the lace trim into the glue. You might even consider adding a few books on top of this to apply a few minutes of pressure.

No Sew Felt Cup Cozy  at The Happy Housewife

6. Apply a liberal amount of glue onto the red felt where the pink felt will be positioned.

No Sew Felt Cup Cozy  at The Happy Housewife

Press the pink felt into the glue firmly for about 20 seconds. Don’t worry if the edges overhang a tiny bit. We’ll trim that later.

No Sew Felt Cup Cozy  at The Happy Housewife

7. Glue the heart to the pink felt. You’ll need a lot of glue for each of these steps because felt doesn’t like to be glued together. It’s mean that way. So use a lot of glue and pressure to get the job done.

No Sew Felt Cup Cozy  at The Happy Housewife

8. Trim any overhanging lace or felt to make the edges nice and neat.

9. Cut a rectangle of felt to fit on the back side of the main piece of red felt. This is going to be the element that holds your elastic in place. Glue the TOP only of the rectangle to the red main felt piece.

Allow the glue to dry for 1 hour. I know this sounds like a long time, but you really need these elements to be solid before you move to the next step.

No Sew Felt Cup Cozy  at The Happy Housewife

10. When the glue is dry, turn the cozy upside down and form it in a cup shape. The unglued portion of the felt flap will be facing up. Place the hair elastic INTO the felt flap.

Glue the other edge of the felt (once again, the top edge) so that the elastic is glued into a felt sleeve. You may want to use pins or clamps to hold this in place. It is crucial that this sleeve dries completely or your cozy will fall apart. Let it dry overnight before removing the pins or clamps.

Your cozy is ready for gifting!

When you stretch the elastic it will be exposed and the felt cozy will look like an apron on 2/3 of the cup. It doesn’t go all the way around the cup. If it did, the elastic wouldn’t be able to shrink back.

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DIY Tangerine Lip Scrub

This Tangerine Lip Scrub exfoliates dry skin around your lips and helps to moisturize them. It's easy to make and has a delicious tangerine flavor.

This Tangerine Lip Scrub exfoliates dry skin around your lips and helps to moisturize them. It’s easy to make and has a delicious tangerine flavor. It would be a perfect Mother’s Day gift!

This Tangerine Lip Scrub exfoliates dry skin around your lips and helps to moisturize them. It's easy to make and has a delicious tangerine flavor.

Ingredients

Instructions

1. Add all the ingredients to a small mixing bowl and stir until well blended.
2. Transfer to airtight lip scrub containers and store for up to 3 months.

This Tangerine Lip Scrub exfoliates dry skin around your lips and helps to moisturize them. It's easy to make and has a delicious tangerine flavor.

How to Use

1. Wet lips with warm water.
2. Generously apply the tangerine sugar lip scrub to lips.
3. Rub in a circular motion to allow the sugar to exfoliate.
4. Rinse dry with warm water (try not to lick it off).
5. Pat dry with towel.
6. Apply your favorite lip balm.

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