You've probably seen it on Pinterest—vibrant fruits and vegetables lovingly arranged in mason jars, ready to be eaten at a moment's notice. But does this hipster trend actually do anything to make your produce last longer? Let's find out.
The answer, unfortunately, is no. While mason jars are great for a lot of things—like canning homemade jams or storing dry goods—they don't have any magical properties that will keep your fruit fresher for longer.
That being said, there are some things you can do to help your fruit last a little bit longer. For example, store apples and bananas separately from other fruits and vegetables. Apples give off ethylene gas, which speeds up the ripening process for other produce, so keeping them stored separately will help everything else last just a tad bit longer.
You should also store your fruit in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. This is the coolest and most humid part of the fridge, which is ideal for most fruits and veggies. Just be sure to take your fruit out of the crisper drawer before it starts to wrinkle—those little wrinkles are an indication that the fruit is starting to go bad.
Have you ever noticed how fruits in mason jars seem to last longer than when they're just sitting out on the counter? Turns out, there's a scientific reason for that. The airtight seal of a mason jar prevents oxygen from reaching the fruit, which slows down the process of spoilage. This same principle can also be applied to dog treats. By storing them in an airtight container, you can help to keep them fresh for longer. So next time your pup is begging for a treat, reach for a jar instead of a bag. Your dog will thank you for it!