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If you have several heads of cabbage you can put them in a cooler. It is insulated and mice can't get in. The cabbages will keep in a cooler in a garage for several months.
Also if it hasn't frosted yet and you still have tomatoes, you can put them in boxes layering between rows with several layers of newspaper. They will ripen slowly and you can have fresh tomatoes. The box needs to be in a cool place, but not cold, like a basement. You can also use the green tomatoes for fried green tomatoes. I just flour and fry in a skillet with shortening.
On carrots, if you have room in your refrigerator crisper or an extra refrigerator, you can put them in there and they will keep quite a long time. Especially if you use them 2 - 3 times a week. You don't have to spend any time freezing or canning.
Also, apples keep for a long time in the refrigerator or put in a box putting layers of newspapers between rows. Check frequently and discard if there are any bad ones.
Source: Tips passed down from family members.
By Beth from Bloomfield, IN
This is a guide about keeping produce fresh. Keeping produce fresh may require some special attention to each variety.
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Is there a better way to store produce in the frig? I have a "thousand" plastic produce bags, it's getting confusing. I have an older type of side by side frig, and have run out of room way too fast this time of year.
Have you got a large plastic box that you could put the produce bags in? This would keep them in one spot instead of all over the fridge and when you needed them you simply take out the whole box.
Have you considered drying your food? We use a Nesco food dehydrator, and our food lasts for years in jars you can store in your closet/pantry. No fridge necessary.