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    Question Best ways to keep veggies/etc fresh?

    I'd really like to hear fellow piggy owners methods for keeping their veggies and greens fresh! Especially bell pepper and lettuces.

    Since grocery stores are pretty crazy right now ( with the coronavirus ) we've been trying to stock up on piggy veggies...but you can only get so many, so they don't spoil before getting eaten. I got green leaf, cilantro, cucumbers, extra green bell peppers and a bag of mini sweet peppers ( I would have got yellow bell pepper but they were out of them ).

    Any tips on keeping their veggies fresh would be super helpful, now and just for everyday future reference!

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    Re: Best ways to keep veggies/etc fresh?

    Peppers do fairly well if chopped and frozen without cooking.

    For me, lettuce always lasted the longest if I washed it, let it thoroughly drain dry, then rolled it up in damp paper towels, sealed it in a container, and kept it in the fridge. It will last more than a week that way.

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    Re: Best ways to keep veggies/etc fresh?

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    Peppers do fairly well if chopped and frozen without cooking.

    For me, lettuce always lasted the longest if I washed it, let it thoroughly drain dry, then rolled it up in damp paper towels, sealed it in a container, and kept it in the fridge. It will last more than a week that way.
    Thank you! That's awesome; I mistakenly thought you couldn't freeze their veggies, since they can't have frozen bagged veggies ( like frozen peas and carrots ) I'm guessing that's because they're flash frozen/cooked first, while if you freeze them yourself they aren't?

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    Re: Best ways to keep veggies/etc fresh?

    Truthfully, I don't see any problems with frozen veggies in an emergency, and as long as they don't turn to mush when they're thawed. I've never understood the objection to them.

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    Re: Best ways to keep veggies/etc fresh?

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    Truthfully, I don't see any problems with frozen veggies in an emergency, and as long as they don't turn to mush when they're thawed. I've never understood the objection to them.
    What I've read is most store bought frozen veggies are cooked or blanched before being frozen, have extra preservatives, etc. ...but I don't know how much truth is really in it. I'm sure they're better than nothing, and putting a fresh vegetable in your freezer by passes all of that anyway...yay! Great to know

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    Re: Best ways to keep veggies/etc fresh?

    Actually, I don't think most frozen veggies have preservatives.

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    Re: Best ways to keep veggies/etc fresh?

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    Actually, I don't think most frozen veggies have preservatives.
    I would think they wouldn't, too! It's just something I've read. The biggest hit against frozen veggies seems to be it changes the enzymes which can cause GI upset in piggies. So much contradicting info I can't get to the bottom of it. But thank you for clearing it up a little, if it's an emergency I think i might freeze my own bell pepper after all.

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    Re: Best ways to keep veggies/etc fresh?

    https://www.rubbermaid.com/freshworks

    These help a lot! Has a vented plastic tray on bottom to separate moisture from ruining the veggies. Also a vented top(lid) I can usually keep things fresh for a good week.

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    Re: Best ways to keep veggies/etc fresh?

    I went to the store sunday morning to get lettuce, carrots, peppers, and bananas for me and my piggies. we are all vegetarians, and i had to brave the crowds by going super early to the store. i keep all my stuff in the refrigerator to keep them all fresh.


    Freezing uncooked veggies isn't bad idea, it keeps all the vitamins in the veg. thawing won't change its vitamin content. just don't cook the veg before freezing. cooking will eliminate any vitamins the veg has.

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    Re: Best ways to keep veggies/etc fresh?

    Quote Originally Posted by petluv View Post
    https://www.rubbermaid.com/freshworks

    These help a lot! Has a vented plastic tray on bottom to separate moisture from ruining the veggies. Also a vented top(lid) I can usually keep things fresh for a good week.

    I have to second this product. I've purchased many in various sizes. The large ones will really keep your lettuce fresh without getting wilted. I use the smaller ones for peppers and cucumbers, carrots, radicchio. I also use them for veggies and fruits that we eat. I think they are well worth their cost.

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    Re: Best ways to keep veggies/etc fresh?

    Luckily here in Australia there are lettuces sold with the roots still attached, as they are grown hydroponically, so it lasts much longer in storage. I can get these to last weeks if I store them in the fridge with the roots stuck in a container with a little bit of water in it (cheap container with holes cut in the lid for poking the root balls through) These lettuces are oak-leaf and butter lettuce. Some lettuces that seem to last a very long time even without the roots attached are endive, cos/romaine (caution - some guinea pigs will have excess urinary calcium if fed cos/romaine), chicory, and radicchio. Zucchinis and carrots are great to stock up on as they also last a very long time, you want to store these in a container that can keep in some moisture in as they are more prone to drying out in the fridge.

    Capsciums/bell peppers always seem to last a long time in my fridge as long as they are very fresh when first purchased and are stored either loose or in a mesh bag, never store in plastic.

    Another option to consider is seeing if there are any small local fruit and vegetable stores if the local supermarkets are running low. My local supermarkets were looking a bit bare when it comes to fresh produce but the fruit and vegetable shop was still well stocked so i grabbed some vegetables there instead.

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    Re: Best ways to keep veggies/etc fresh?

    I buy the small artisan lettuces and red or green leaf and keep it for two weeks. I put a paper towel in the bottom of a covered container and put the whole heads in there without washing. As I use the leaves I wash them.

    Cukes may keep a couple weeks, carrots and green peppers keep longer. I wash and cut up a small amount good for a few days and store them in a covered glass container with a paper towel on the bottom. The rest I keep in the crisper.

    i did buy extra green peppers to freeze. I’ve done this before, just clean them, slice them, spread them out on a cookie sheet and freeze. Then pour them into a freezer bag. This also works for herbs and berries. However, other veggies should be blanched in boiling water for 2 minutes just until the color brightens. Then quick rinse and cool with cold water and ice cubes. This stops the natural enzyme action and keeps the veggies from deteriorating and losing nutrients when frozen.

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