Sometimes we might get a little overzealous at the grocery store and overbuy just a tad. But what do you do with all the extra food? Sometimes it’s tough to eat it all before it starts to go bad. If your carrots are limp and your lettuce is starting to wilt, don’t toss it just yet. It might actually be savable. Of course, please keep in mind that rotten is not wilted. Unfortunately, we cannot save rotten.
Here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks to revive produce that has started to wilt.
If your lettuce has lost its luster, submerge it in ice water and pop it in the fridge until revitalized. Just make sure to chop off any bad spots. Also, do not let the lettuce soak for too long; thirty minutes or so is fine.
If your carrots have seen better days, chop off the ends and place them in some ice water. This also works for potatoes and other root vegetables. Since they are sturdier than lettuce, they might take a little longer in the ice bath.
The good news about honey is that is never goes bad. However, it can become crystalized over time. If you want to smooth out your honey once again, just heat it up. The microwave is a simple and quick way to heat the honey without burning the sugars. Just use 30 second intervals, making sure to stir in between.
If your bunch of parsley looks a little sad, chop off the bottoms and place it in a glass of water. Just like you would fresh cut flowers. This is how I like to store fresh herbs when I bring them home from the market. I keep the herbs in their water glasses in the refrigerator. The only herb that doesn’t love the cold is basil. I keep the basil on the countertop in a glass of water.
Yes, I know this isn’t produce, but is can be a sad leftover forgotten in the refrigerator. To revive your pizza, do not put it in the microwave. Use a nonstick pan instead. Heat the pizza, covered on low to medium heat until it is heated through. No more soggy crust!