Fresh items that take more than a week to go bad when stored properly:
- Citrus (lemons, limes, grapefruit, oranges, etc)
- Carrots (Root veggies in general seem to have a longer life span)
- Garlic (Fresh garlic and onions last longer unpeeled)
- Spring mix
When fresh spinach starts to wither, just cook it!
Dairy Products that last:
Blocks of hard cheeses can last for quite awhile.
Not as robust, be super reusable...
Bananas, Apples, and Berries
When they start becoming overripe, these items are easy to freeze. Use in smoothies or in a simple baked fruit crumble. Apples can be made into apple sauce as well.
Tomatoes and Cilanto
Both can find new life as pasta sauces. Use tomatoes for a more traditional pasta sauce. Cilantro makes a very nice pesto style sauce, even if there are no pinenuts on hand.
Older tomatoes can also be used for homemade salsa.