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Old 04-06-2014, 07:37 PM   #1
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Vegetables and Fruits - Life extension for our Veggies

So I'm into healthy living. The DW makes sure I eat my veggies. Well, actually, I juice my veggies. In addition, I try to buy only organic. The problem is that when we juice, we can go through a lot of vegetables very quickly.

I'm wondering if there are techniques that will help us to keep the spinach, strawberries, broccoli, etc, from going bad as quickly as they do in the refrigerator. There must be a way of extending their lifetime so we don't have to keep driving to the store all the time.

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Juice the veggies then freeze the juice.
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Old 04-06-2014, 07:46 PM   #3
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Spinach, kale, swiss chard and the like can be kept in a jar of water....like flowers.
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throw the juicer as far away as you can and get a vita mix. more nutrients, all the fibre, and you will get it all while using about a third the produce. jmo.
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throw the juicer as far away as you can and get a vita mix. more nutrients, all the fibre, and you will get it all while using about a third the produce. jmo.
I actually have a NutriBullet 900 Watt. So it is not strictly a juicer. Yes, it keeps everything, the fiber and juice. I love this machine. I even juice cantaloupes and pineapples with skin and all. Supposedly, the best vitamins are in the skin. But, that's why I buy organic.
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Spinach, kale, swiss chard and the like can be kept in a jar of water....like flowers.
So a jar with the vegetables submerged in water? How long do you think the veggies will stay fresh that way?

As you know, strawberries go bad relatively quickly ...

HuntingHawk recommends juicing and freezing. Not sure how much nutrition you lose once you juice and freeze. The good enzymes may get damaged that way, not sure.
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I actually have a NutriBullet 900 Watt. So it is not strictly a juicer. Yes, it keeps everything, the fiber and juice. I love this machine. I even juice cantaloupes and pineapples with skin and all. Supposedly, the best vitamins are in the skin. But, that's why I buy organic.
i agree, you cant buy juice like that, the smoothies are great. nothing healthier.
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So a jar with the vegetables submerged in water? How long do you think the veggies will stay fresh that way?...
Do not submerge the leaves. Just stand the stems in a wide-mouth Mason jar or other suitable container with an inch or so of water in the bottom. We do it all the time with asparagus and with bunches of fresh parsley and cilantro. Change the water every day or two and discard any stems where the leaves have begun to yellow or worse yet, begun to turn brown. Veggies will keep a couple of weeks. The method will work with other things like kale and Swiss chard with relatively long stems. Covering the leaves with a loose-fitting plastic bag also helps. It won't work with lettuce or spinach because the stems are too short. If leaves touch the water for long, they will begin to rot.
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We normally figure out what juices we want to make and get about a weeks worth from the store. Yes we have a residential fridge to keep more fruits and veggies. Spinach and stuff stays longer than a week but since we only buy about a weeks worth at a time we have not had any problems yet. We do juicing for breakfast so that's at least 7 days of stuff at a time in there.
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Fresh veggies require a humid cool area for storage. Remember seeing veggies in the supermarket? They are cooled and sprayed with a water mist every few minutes to keep them fresh and crisp. That's hard to manage in a refrigerator, even though they have a "crisper" drawer, because cold air removes humidity from air and there is no practical way to introduce moisture into one.
I lean towards the "juice the veggies ASAP and store the juice" suggestion in the RV.
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We buy fresh every 2 or 3 days. And we eat fresh, be it raw, steamed, what ev.

Juicing is not our flavor or style. Chewing the stuff and tasting it fresh works for us.

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For your broccoli and some other things, have you considered fermenting? I culture (ferment) things like shredded broccoli stems in salt water and keifer whey to make a crunchy kraut that keeps in the fridge for a long time as well as make a great salsa that way. For strawberries, I would make a kombucha brew and use up strawberries in the second ferment for flavor and lots of fizz. Freezing does make them deteriorate a bit... but it beats tossing moldy ones you didn't get to on time....for mushrooms you don't get to, let them dry out and blend them into a powder to add to spaghetti.
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I forgot to add... when you put kale, cilantro, parsley, chard, long stemmed spinach, and such... trim the stem first before putting into a glass, jar, or vase as when it sits waiting at the store...it seals it's stem end and you want that end to be open to uptake or water to keep it from wilting. Some people put a little peroxide (drop or 2) in the water to keep the bacteria down that would cause it to slime quicker.
Your other option for using up stuff that is starting to wilt is go ahead and dehydrate it... at home, I dehydrate kale, chard, & beet leaves to crumble or make into a powder to add to soups in winter.
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FWI just because your buying something labeled organic does not mean you are getting a product that is healthier for you. As a produce farmer i can tell you that the organic industry is some of the least regulated in the business. Some of the products they use and spray are not regulated like they are in the conventional farming practices. So buy your veggies, wash them thoroughly and enjoy. Quit worrying about the organic label so much, unless you actually know the farmer or watched it through the whole growing process.
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