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5 Tips for Keeping Fruit & Vegetables Fresh for Longer

If you have ever opened your refrigerator or cupboard door to take out some fruit or vegetables to prepare only to find that they’ve started to decay, then you’re not alone. Australians waste tonnes of fruit and veg each year by letting it expire before consuming it. What many people don’t know is that there are natural ways to prolong the lifespan of your fruit and vegetables in storage. Below we have outlined some of our favourite tips for keeping your fruit and veg fresher for longer:

Shop Local

Where possible, it’s great to shop for fresh produce locally for a number of reasons. Firstly, you’re supporting your local farmers and community, and contributing to the success of your local area. Secondly, it means that your produce is likely much fresher and hasn’t been travelling or stored in a warehouse for days before being put on shelves in front of you.

Breathing Space

Squeezing all your fresh fruit and vegetables in on top of each other is big no-no if you want to keep them fresh for as long as possible. Fresh produce still needs to breathe after it’s been cut or harvested, so keep this in mind when storing it in your crisper drawers, cupboards or fruit bowl. One-layer deep is the recommended amount so don’t pile it high if you want it to last longer.

Separate, Separate, Separate

Its recommended not to store fruit and vegetables together at all if possible and certainly don’t store very ripe vegetables with those still a few days off being ripe. The reason for this is that some foods produce a gas called ethylene when they ripen which can affect other fruit and veg around it, causing it to ripen or go spotty very quickly. Bananas are particularly bad ethylene offenders!

Maintain Your Fridge

If fridges aren’t kept clean or regularly maintained, they can hasten the process of fruit and veg expiring. A build-up of ice for example can spoil food like salad as it absorbs the moisture and freezes. Make sure your fridge is at an optimum temperature for storing fruit and vegetables, and keep it clean, to reduce both pockets of ice and lack of breathing space for your fresh produce.

Say No to Plastic

Storing fresh fruit and vegetables is not only bad for the environment, its also a sure-fire way to speed up the decay of your food. Your food such as fresh fruit and veg needs to breathe, and airtight plastic bags don’t allow for this whatsoever. This is one of the reasons why we started The Swag! Our organic, breathable and natural food storage bags will help keep your produce fresh for up to 3 times longer. Check out our shop page for more information!

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The Swag Small

USD $13.51 inc GST

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The Swag Long

USD $14.94 inc GST

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The Swag Large

USD $15.65 inc GST

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Starter Bundle – Five individually gift wrapped Starter Packs

USD $236.72 inc GST

or 4 payments of USD $59.18 with Afterpay

Deluxe Starter Pack

USD $101.96 inc GST

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Starter Pack

USD $52.01 inc GST

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Plastic & Waste Free Shopping Bundle

USD $121.17 inc GST

or 4 payments of USD $30.29 with Afterpay

Produce Bag Set

USD $9.23 inc GST

or 4 payments of USD $2.31 with Afterpay

The Swag Grocery Bag

USD $7.09 inc GST

or 4 payments of USD $1.77 with Afterpay

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Starter Pack – Gift wrapped

USD $54.87 inc GST

or 4 payments of USD $13.72 with Afterpay

Bread Swag

USD $16.36 inc GST

or 4 payments of USD $4.09 with Afterpay

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Lunch Swag

USD $9.23 inc GST

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Tea Swag Set

USD $10.66 inc GST

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The Swag Apron – “Cookin”

USD $12.09 inc GST

or 4 payments of USD $3.02 with Afterpay

The Swag Apron – “Get Your”

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The Swag Twin Pack

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6 thoughts on “5 Tips for Keeping Fruit & Vegetables Fresh for Longer

  1. Esme Evans says:

    How does the organic bag work?
    Each vegetable in a different bag?
    Which is the best section of the fridge to store it?
    For the bread swag – do I then leave it out or in the fridge?
    I don’t know anyone who uses your bags.
    Thank you

    1. Christina Thomas says:

      Thank you for your message and questions. The Swag is an environmentally friendly way to store you fruit and veg within the fridge. You will store all of your fresh produce out of harmful plastics and stored within the unseeded, unbleached cotton swags. The Swag will not only save you money but your produce will stay much fresher for longer!
      You can store fruits and veg together or separate into bags – it is up to you and what you find works in your fridge with the produce that you like to use. The bread swag can be used in or out of the fridge, again, whatever you like to do and find works well with your produce.
      You can find many details on the swag here in frequently asked questions.
      https://www.theswag.com.au/
      https://www.theswag.com.au/faq/

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  3. karen hamblen says:

    Hi, Im trying to search for how to maintain the bags. I thought i read about machine washing, ive looked twice since then and cant find.
    Could you give me instructions or link for maintainin the bags please
    kind regards
    karen

    1. Christina Thomas says:

      Hi Karen, Thank you for your message. You can find answers to many Swag questions on our website in the FAQ (frequently asked question) section here: https://www.theswag.com.au/faq/
      You can also find the information booklet here (this is rolled up in all Swags when sold) https://www.theswag.com.au/wp-content/uploads/TheSwagBooklet.pdf
      You can machine wash your Swags although we recommend a gentle cool wash. Happy Swagging!

  4. karen hamblen says:

    thankyou so much for your response. very helpful

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