Sour grapes and rotten tomatoes

I hate mouldy produce. Hate it. It’s possibly one of my biggest pet peeves. First off it’s smelly and runs the very real risk of leaving a sticky spot in the fridge. Secondly it wastes money. Good, hard earned cash that was apparently spent on the privilege of cleaning up said produce. And finally there’s the guilt factor. The veggies were still in the crisper because I was eating grilled cheese sandwiches all week – I deserve to be broke and scrubbing.

I can only imagine this is what medieval peasants were really pissed off about – lack of refrigeration and the resulting rotten tomatoes

In an effort to rid myself of this three- fold dilemma I’ve done a little research. Well, for starters it looks like you’re not supposed to put tomatoes in the fridge (my mom confirmed this but if you will only accept internet proof click here ).  

For the rest of your fruit and veg the Sainsbury’s website offers some storage techniques may be worth a look. Most of their advice seems along the lines of ‘store in bag in fridge’ (ahem, except the tomatoes ) However, there were a few interesting tidbits like don’t refrigerate your pineapples, and bananas cause other fruit to ripen faster. Who knew?

Another way to eliminate waste and save money is to buy frozen. Obviously, not all frozen produce is on  equal footing but there are some brands that avoid the translucent cubed carrot syndrome. Europe’s Best freezes up some good fruit and veggies. Their berry medley can be thawed quickly in the microwave and added to yogurt or smoothies. It’s not as good as fresh, local produce but it’ll do in a pinch.

Plus, frozen fruits and veggies often have higher nutrient content than fresh produce. This is because the ‘fresh’ produce on the grocery shelves has been sitting in warehouses, sitting in trucks, and then sitting on the shelf, all the while losing nutrients as it ages. The frozen variety is picked while ripe (therefore at its peak nutritional content) and stuck in the freezer right after so those nutrients are locked in (via msn health ).

For those of you who are extra thrifty I’ve discovered you can actually google the brands you like and people post links on forums to printable cupons. Plus, the UofL has launched the ‘Good Food Club’. For a small fee of $5 – $15 per month you can get loads of fresh, local produce way cheaper than retail as its been haggled for and purchased in bulk. So there’s lots of ways to save on produce – you can keep them fresh or buy them frozen. Just don’t forget your five a day.

 

Here’s some links to related websites:

How to make a tomoato glow in the dark!

History of throwing tomatoes

Cooking frozen vegetables:

http://southernfood.about.com/od/freezingfood/a/aa082101_3.htm

http://allrecipes.com/Recipes/Everyday-Cooking/Convenience-Cooking/Frozen-Food-Recipes/Frozen-Vegetables/Frozen-Mixed-Vegetables/Top.aspx

http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-0,frozen_vegetables,FF.html

 

 

 

Frozen fruit recipes:

http://allrecipes.com/Recipes/Everyday-Cooking/Convenience-Cooking/Frozen-Food-Recipes/Frozen-Fruit/Main.aspx

http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf38921397.tip.html

 http://www.theperfectpantry.com/2008/08/assorted-frozen.html

 Smoothies:

http://www.vegfamily.com/vegan-pregnancy/fruit-smoothies.htm

http://www.quietfish.com/notebook/?p=1636

 

 

 

 

 

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