It’s easy to throw food straight into the fridge once you get home from the store. But extending the life of your produce and assorted goods begins at the store. While picking out the perfect pieces of produce, steer clear of mold, soft spots, bruising and blemishes to make the goods last longer. Of course, if you’re going to eat them right away, a little defect won’t hurt.

With trips to the supermarket costing more these days, it pays to know about proper food storage. Follow these tips and others like them to help get the most out what you buy and reduce food waste.

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