Ways We’ve All Been Prepping Produce Wrong
Summer is fresh produce season. But some fruits and vegetables can seem like more trouble than they’re worth. Cherry tomatoes are great in a salad, but we don’t always have the time (or the patience) to slice all of those little fruits in half.
And the real talk is, when fresh fruits and veggies aren’t easy to grab and eat, we’re more likely to go for a bag of chips that are simple to open instead of healthy options before we head out of the door. As for those veggies? Well, let’s just say that the week’s grocery budget ends up going bad in the crisper drawer.
Luckily, there’s a better way to deal with all of this. Use these quick tricks to prepare all of your fruits and vegetables ahead of time. Pack them in easy-to-grab containers and you’ll be much more likely to eat them before they go bad. So go ahead and stock up on fresh food this summer. Next time you won’t waste your money.
Cut Little Fruits Together
Small fruits like cherry tomatoes can be cut a lot quicker when placed between two plates and sliced like this.
Slice or Scoop First
Do this to make cutting anything with thick skin that much easier.
Peel Bananas from the Bottom
They will open a lot easier than they do when you struggle with the stem at the top. You can also avoid squashing or bruising the fruit when the banana is extra ripe.
Peel Kiwis With a Glass
You can focus on eating a lot more of them when you don’t have to waste time peeling that thin, furry skin by hand.
It Also Works With Mangoes
And most fruits with a rind and soft flesh that’s been cut in half.
Pit Cherries With a Paper Clip
You can read the full instructions here (and be sure to boil the paper clip first).
Use a Straw to Eat a Strawberry
You will get rid of the stem without losing any fruit.
Slice Citrus Beautifully
For a snack that’s neat and ready to eat (exact instructions here).
Cube Watermelon in Seconds
With this easy technique, you can cut your watermelon into cubes without struggling with its tough exterior.
Shuck Corn After You Cook It
For less mess, cook first, pull later.
And peel an entire head in a few seconds instead of struggling for quite some time…
Keep Guacamole Green
Extend the life of your guacamole by patting it down and pouring an inch of water over the top. The same works for avocado slices. When you’re ready to use them again, simply pour the water out.
Peel Potatoes After You Boil Them
Finally, it can take seconds instead of feeling like forever.
Core Lettuce in a Second
Prep your lettuce by slamming the core on a cutting board first.