The 5 Things You Should Know About Supermarkets
Get the real story on those shrink-wrapped cucumbers. Plus, more ways to be a smarter shopper in the produce aisle.
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Your suspicions about that shrink-wrapped produce might be wrong.
We admit that we sometimes steer clear of prepackaged cucumbers because we'd rather choose our own, touching and smelling the produce. Yet the sealed version can be superior. For instance, plastic wrap can extend a cucumber's shelf life
from three to 14 days, and studies have found similar numbers for apples, grapes and potatoes. For those who want their produce to last at least one week, adding shrink-wrapped vegetables to your basket can be a good way to ensure you aren't back shopping again within days.