Hello I went grocery shopping today and thought of making a video on an important topic. In this video I will be a showing you a couple of handy tips that I use to follow when storing produce in a way that they will stay fresh longer . I will also be sharing some easy tips on how I try to get rid of germs and pesticide residue as much as possible. Make sure you have a menu plan and a clean refrigerator before you go for your weekly grocery shopping. I have done a video about menu planning and cleaning and organizing the refrigerator. You can find the links in the description box below. So let’s get started. All of you would have heard about the First In First Out Method (FIFO). According to this method what comes in first should be consumed first and this method is used widely followed when consuming perishable items. If you store eggs in a separate container like I do, it’s better to store them with the larger end facing up and that way the York stays centered. Store eggs in the main body of the refrigerator and not on the door. Let’s begin prepping the veggies. To prep veggies, we will need 2 bowls or boxes like this, turmeric powder , brown paper bags, kitchen towels, a scissor, knife, a colander, distilled vinegar and of course a chopping board. Although prepping veggies like this looks a bit time consuming , trust me , you are going to save a lot of time when preparing food. Trim the greens from the carrots if you want to keep them fresh and crisp for a week or so. This way you should be able to store carrots in the refrigerator for about 4 weeks. Vegetables like carrots and beets can be washed in a solution of vinegar and water. Make sure you don’t leave it for more than 20 minutes or you will see a slight discoloration in the veggies. Rinse the veggies in tap water and let the water to completely drain out before you store them. To wash vegetables with a soft skin rub a bit of turmeric powder and then leave it for about 20 minutes before rinsing with water. However, you can use the vinegar method if you are planning to cook the veggies on the same day. I wash chillies in a solution of turmeric water. Pull out the stems of the chillies and leave them to dry before you store them. This way you can keep chillies fresh for longer. Make sure you wrap them in a paper towel and store them in air tight bags or containers and place them in the fridge. This way you can have fresh chillis for 3 – 4 weeks. To store Okra / Ladiesfingers cut the top of the okra pods like this and then wrap them in a paper towel before putting in a zip lock bag and store them in fridge. Mushrooms should always and always be stored in paper bags before they go into the fridge. Mushrooms are like sponges absorbing water fast. Hence wash the mushrooms only when you are ready to cook Wash herbs and greens in a solution of turmeric water to kill germs and bacteria and wrap them in a paper towel like this before storing in the refregerator. Another alternative is to fill a jar with water halfway, and place the bundle of cilantro just like you store flowers in a vase. Then Cover the top with a plastic bag and store it in the fridge. Store potatoes in a brown paper bag and leave it in a dark cool dry place. That way you can avoid them growing sprouts or turning green. Do not store potatoes in the fridge as it causes cold induced sweetening of the potatoes. When buying potatoes make sure that it doesn’t have a green color skin or sprouts growing. Never store onions and potatoes together. When picking ginger in the supermarket, go for the ones with a smooth taut (tot) skin and firm texture and not the ones that are damped, sometimes even wrinkled and soft. Always store tomatoes in room temperature if you want to preserve it’s flavor. Do you have a storage tip you’d like to share? Let me know in the comment section below.