Guide to Produce: 12 Storage Rules To Make Fruits + Veggies Last Longer

Guide to Produce: 12 Storage Rules To Make Fruits + Veggies Last Longer - Henry Happened Raise your hand if this has ever happened to you – you head to the market and are completely won over by all the gorgeous, seasonal produce. Pretty soon your cart is brimming with yummy fruits and veggies. You get home, stash everything in the fridge and then forget about half of what you bought. Before long most of it isn’t fit for human consumption, and your garbage or compost pile is full of wasted produce. Anyone? Yeah, me too.

If you’re getting excited about spring foods, it’s great time to think the best way to store it. Let’s make it last as long as possible so we can enjoy every bite! Here are 12 tips on properly storing all types of fruits and vegetables.

What to put in the fridge

Food to Keep In The Fridge | Henry Happened 1. Berries

Berries of all kinds require refrigeration. They are more apt to spoilage than other fruits. Be sure to sort through and remove any that are smashed or bruised because when one goes bad, the others will shortly follow. You can soak them in a bowl of cool water mixed with a little white vinegar to help halt any mold. Just be sure to let them air dry completely before storing them. Line a plate or their packing container with paper towels to absorb excess moisture…. 

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DIY Mini Cupcake Stand and Making Cupcake Soap

DIY MIni Cupcake Stand and Cupcake Soap | Henry Happened I’ve been trying to come up with a reason or story behind making these soaps. Would it be better if they were secretly antibacterial or I made them with my daughter? Because the truth is, all they are is cute. Who can resist the adorable cupcake shape? Or the pretty-in-pink color? I’m trying to tell myself that now we’ll be washing our hands all the time. But even if we don’t, they make me smile. Sometimes that’s enough.

We needed something to display the soaps on, and an egg cup/chopstick rest/appetizer plate came together to make a $3 mini cupcake stand. Now those soaps look so good I want to eat them!… 

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DINNER HAPPENED: Slow Cooker Chicken + White Beans with Kale Pesto

Slow Cooker Chicken with Kale Pesto | Henry Happened This March, we’re going to look at several flavorful ways to eat your greens. First up, pesto! Combine a slow cooker chicken and white beans one-pot meal with kale pesto for a hearty, comforting dinner. Because as you probably already know, the slow cooker is a mom’s dinner time best friend. My husband and I trade off on dinner duty, and when it’s my turn, I love putting a bunch of things in the slow cooker in the morning and by the time my kids are home from school and homework is done, dinner is ready.

The kale pesto is quite a lovely thing. It’s a great way to add some extra leafy green nutrition to your meals in a non-scary sort of way. Two of my kids love kale, but the third prefers to not know it’s there!… 

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10 Ways To Brighten Your Wardrobe (+ Mood) With Yellow

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No color boosts my mood like yellow. It’s a cheerful antidote to busy, stressful days – and boring, snowbound days like today. Did you know that we see yellow better than any other color? No wonder it’s the color of choice for street signs and Post-It notes!

We associate yellow with sunlight and summer, which means fun, cheerfulness and happiness. The uplifting color conjures memories of playing outside and creates feelings of optimism. So it’s the perfect color to wear when you want to get noticed – or you just need a reminder that spring will be here soon!

10 Ways to Wear Yellow

Here are 10 ways to brighten your wardrobe – and your mood – with this sunny shade…. 

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DIY Naturally Antibacterial All-Purpose Cleaner

DIY Grapefruit-Infused All Purpose Cleaner | Henry Happened A few years ago I started swapping out my all-purpose counter cleaners for natural ones. Then I turned into the gal hauling gallons of distilled white vinegar home from the grocery store. Because it’s super inexpensive and works on almost anything! Chances are you already have everything you need to make this homemade grapefruit-infused all purpose cleaner.

It does take about a week for the citrus to infuse, but after that you’ll be set to clean. Add grapefruit seed extract or tea tree oil for naturally antibacterial germ-fighting power…. 

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