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#1 Old 12-30-2007, 08:28 PM
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I've been wanting to add a better variety of vegetables and fruits to my everyday meals, and I was think pre-cutting them might be a good idea, only im not sure how they'll hold up. Like tomatoes and things like that. Does anyone do this? Are there certain foods that spoil quicker?

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#2 Old 12-30-2007, 08:29 PM
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Using a ceramic or plastic knife helps them not oxidize as quickly. I like to have things ready to grab, so I'll pre-cut things for a day or so in advance.

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I cut up my broccoli and cauliflower when I get them home, and eat on them all week. Carrots, celery, peppers, onions, and squash are good for a couple of days. Tomatoes are best fresh, but ok for a couple of days. Everything else I pretty much cut as I go.
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#4 Old 12-31-2007, 07:15 AM
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This may sound weird, but if I pre-chop my veggies I put a wet paper towel in the container with them. It works really well with lettuce, and I'm sure it would work with other veggies. I have no idea why it works or how it works, but my mom told me to do it once and it works like a charm
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Pre cutting does break down some of the enzymes and vitamins in your veggies unfortunately, but I figure it's better to eat the veggie with a few less enzymes than to not eat it at all. Different foods do spoil at different rates. Use ziploc and paper bags, and your crisper to help prolong your produce's storage life. And store apples seperately, they release a lot of ethylene which helps to speed up ripening. (This is good to know if you buy lots of underripe produce though, put a few apples in a paper bag with your green tomatoes or what have you and they'll ripen much faster. The more ripe the apples that are going in the bag are, the more ethylene they'll give off. Rotten apples virtually explode with ethylene production, which is why having one bad apple in the bunch spoils the barrel.)
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I wouldn't pre-cut tomatoes, because then they would need to be refrigerated and when you chill tomatoes the texture gets really weird. Otherwise, they'll dry up faster so I wouldn't cut up more than you're actually going to go through in a couple of days.
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When I pre-cut my cukes and celery I always store them in a plastic container filled with water. It keeps them fresh and the become far more crunchy!!
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For example the apple and the avocado are most likely to last more if you add to them little squeezed lemon. Hope this helps
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I have heard that if you store your potatoes with your apples, it retards the growth of those eye-thingies.
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#10 Old 12-31-2007, 04:45 PM
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Thanks a lot for the advice, I really am aiming towards a healthier veg*n lifestyle and need simply conveniences.
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