Yes! You can and should actually STORE your vegetables in Hands On Hemp reusable produce bags! After all, what’s the use of a reusable bag for produce if it's only good for carrying food home in it and once you’re at home you still have to store your vegetables in a plastic bag?

The reason our Hands On Hemp reusable produce bags work so well for storing vegetables is because they provide the right combination of optimal storage characteristics!

  • Optimal moisture retention – you want to keep the water in the veggies so they stay crisp and “alive.”

  • Optimal air circulation – too much trapped moisture creates conditions for rotting.

Freshness, air ventilation, moisture, and temperature are the key elements that determine the outcome in storing vegetables and fruits.

When you think about it, it's really pretty important how you store your veggies!

Here are some reasons why we think choosing Hands On Hemp reusable produce bags is the best choice for you:

  1. Plastic bags of any kind can suffocate and rot your food, and paper bags get soggy and split when wet.

  2. Synthetic reusable produce bags made of mesh are useless for storage since they allow too much air circulation and don’t absorb excess moisture. They’re not great for carrying wet produce home either unless you want a wet bag of groceries.

  3. Putting veggies straight into the crisper drawer is the method some people have come up with to stop using plastic. We've tried it, too. It's a great way to reduce plastic, but it isn't the greatest way to keep your veggies crisp and fresh. This is one of the many reasons we created Hands On Hemp reusable produce bags.

  4. Storing vegetables in our reusable hemp bags is Super Easy! You don’t need different kinds of bags for different kinds of veggies. This is a myth generated by companies trying to sell multiple bag products that don’t work and confuse everyone. All you need is just a natural fiber bag that is the proper weight and material.

Our Hands On Hemp reusable produce bags keep veggies fresh in the fridge for up to 3 weeks!

STORING VEGETABLES IN HANDS ON HEMP REUSABLE PRODUCE BAGS 101:

How to use Hands On Hemp bags:

Store your veggies:

  1. Inside the Hands On Hemp Bag
  2. Inside the Refrigerator
  3. Inside the Crisper Drawers
  4. Hang bags to air dry between uses and wash as needed.

It is very important to WASH ALL VEGETABLES and THEN put them back in the hemp reusable produce bags and place these bags in the crisper drawers. Place your vegetables into the produce bags while they are still damp – this actually helps keep them fresh and crisp. Washing your vegetables before storing makes an enormous difference. You don't want to miss this step.

Exceptions to the washing before storing rule: eggplant, potato, squash, basil. Water is a detriment to the storage of these veggies. Just place them in the bags dry.

Our essential technique of rinsing vegetables before storing also has an added benefit. If you wash and clean your veggies before storing, when you are ravenously hungry and need to whip food up fast – your veggies will already be clean! It is also a great way to make sure you eat your veggies and not that party size bag of potato chips.

HOW TO STORE ALL VEGETABLES and GREENS IN HANDS ON HEMP REUSABLE PRODUCE BAGS:

Most Veggies:

We give specific instructions for some different kinds of veggies below, but the fact is pretty much ALL veggies including celery, asparagus, green beans, brussel sprouts, artichokes, cabbage, etc., wash and store great in our Hands On Hemp reusable produce bags using our basic method described above.

If you have a vegetable that isn't listed here, try the steps above or find a veggie listed below that is close in family, and use that method. We are also always available to give advice and suggestions. Contact us and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.


Root Vegetables: Carrots, Parsnips, Turnips, Rutabaga etc:

  • Root vegetables prefer dark, cold, and moist.
  • Rinse, place in your Hands On Hemp reusable produce bags and put near the bottom of the crisper drawers with other produce on top so they remain protected from light and drying out.
  • Root veggies can last a long time but will shrivel prematurely if they are not kept in a environment that is moist enough. The ideal temperature is 32-40 degrees F.

Leafy Greens and Herbs: Kale, Spinach, Chard, Lettuce, Cilantro etc:

  • These greens love Hands on Hemp reusable produce bags!
  • Wash leafy greens and while still moist put them right into the bags.
  • This will help keep your greens fresh and crisp and the hemp cloth will absorb and dry out any excess moisture.

Tomatoes:

Tomatoes can go either way. You can wash or not before storing.

Store at room temperature unless you plan to keep them for more than a week, or like them eaten cold.

Technically speaking, storing tomatoes in the refrigerator is not actually recommended as the cooler temperatures can reduce flavor and cause mushiness. But, I still do it to keep them longer.

Eggplant:

  • Eggplant is one of those vegetables that are best eaten sooner (within 1 day) than later (can last about 4 days).
  • Eggplant is best stored at temperatures between 50-54 degrees F.
  • Do NOT rinse before storing.
  • Simply place dry eggplant in Hands On Hemp reusable produce bag and put in fridge.

 

 

 

 

 

Potatoes:

Potatoes really need to be stored appropriately. Exposure to light, or too warm or cold a temperature, will cause the potato to produce a poisonous toxin called solanine as a defense mechanism, although, you’d have to eat 4.5 pounds of potatoes to be very affected by the poison. Green discoloration is one sign of the poison, although is not always an indicator. Most of the poison tends to accumulate in the skin, so peeling is good if you can salvage the potato at all. Avoid rinsing potatoes before storing.

  • Store in these hemp bags.
  • Place them in a dry, dark, cool place like a pantry, cupboard, or cellar.
  • Ideal temperature is between 45-50 degrees F.
  • Refrigerators are too cold for potatoes causing sweetness and greenness.
  • Store them up to 1 month.
  • Remove any potato from the bunch that may have shriveled or sprouted.
  • Avoid storing potatoes with onions as their gases can spoil each other.
     

Winter Squash:

They are best stored at room temperature, between 55-60 degrees F.

 

Sprouts: 

They are best stored in glass jars in the fridge.

 

 

Keep it simple and store veggies in the fridge in your Hands On Hemp reusable produce bags. Just wash any vegetable you like to eat and hence buy (or grow) before storing them in your reusable produce bags and put them in the crisper drawers.

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We love our Hands On Hemp reusable produce bags! It's our business, but it's also our way of life, so we never use anything else.

 

Since we live a vegan life style obviously we eat lots of fruit and vegetables, and we like our veggies crisp and fresh. Along the way we've learned a lot about the best way to store all different kinds of vegetables.

Here are our tips and tricks for storing veggies – we hope that they help you, too!

 


TIP 1: If you want to extend the life of your veggies, check on them each week and if they look like they are wilting, rinse them under some water again and they’ll perk back up.

TIP 2: For vegetables like kale or parsley, you can cut about ½ inch off the bottom of their stems (like with flowers) before you rinse them off – this gives them more ways to absorb that water.

TIP 3: Every bit of time most veggies are at room temperature they lose a little life. We minimize the time we leave them on the counter after using some for cooking. As for the freshness factor – you’re veggies will last longer and taste better if you get them fresh from your own garden.

TIP 4: Some veggies like squash or fruits like bananas store better at room temperature.

TIP 5: Keep plenty of your Hands On Hemp reusable produce bags and bulk bags on hand in your car, bike, or large shopping bags. You don't want to get stuck without them and have to abandon your desired item or use a plastic bag!!! You’ll need them for all of your produce and bulk items!

 

TIP 6: Next time you’re shopping, look at the produce section and see which vegetables they are constantly misting with water – that is the same effect you create when you rinse your veggies at home and place them in our breathable reusable produce bags. You will also see the few exceptions there that you don’t want to get wet for storage such as eggplant and basil.

 

TIP 7: Carrots grown in your garden store better if you DO NOT wash off the dirt until you want to eat them. All carrots in stores that don’t have dirt, last longer if you do wash them.

 

Fruits tend to produce more ethylene which makes vegetables go bad more quickly. If your mission is to ripen those green bananas, you can speed that up by putting them in a bag with some high ethelyne producing fruit like apples.

A few other high ethelyene producing fruits are bananas, avocados, cantaloupe, and pears.

 

Transporting fruits and veggies and placing them in multiple situations in which they are exposed to each other’s ethelyne gases gives us the end result of less longevity once we get them in our homes.