How To Store Your Veggies Without Relying On Plastic Bags?!
Plastic, Plastic, Plastic...it's everywhere and so hard to avoid....urgh.
For the past year or so, we've been really working hard on reducing the Farm's reliance on plastic bags - hoping that someday we'll be able to offer you a Plastic Free CSA Basket. Yahoo!!
The last remaining barrier that is causing the hold up is due to the fact that a lot of veggies require humid conditions to stay nice and crisp. Paper bags are great for storing potatoes and tomatoes, but they're really not ideal for peas, beans and lettuce mix. Biodegradable bags are a great plastic free option, but unfortunately they are literally made to decompose in humid conditions. So to help you navigate these plastic free waters, I thought I'd highlight which veggies require a little extra care in order to keep them fresh and crispy as if they just came out of the field!
Veggies That NEED HUMIDITY
These vegetables should be stored in the fridge using any of the following - a glass container, tupperware, damp cloth/bag, bees wax wrapper or reusable plastic bag. They do NOT store well in paper bags, dry cloth bags or anything that is breathable.
All leafy greens (kale, lettuce, chard ...)
herbs (cilantro, dill, parsley, thyme ...)
A great resource that I have found is the website My Plastic Free Life. Their website is packed with so much information and useful tips - I would highly recommend it!