Eating fruits and vegetables is a requirement for the everyday healthy eater. But when you buy more fresh produce, do you end up throwing away more than you eat? If you do, then you are not alone. Storing fresh produce is a little more complicated than you might think. If you want to prevent spoilage, certain foods shouldn't be stored together at all, while others that we commonly keep in the fridge should actually be left on the countertop. To keep your produce optimally fresh follow are handy storage tips. Countertop Storage Tips There’s nothing as inviting as a big bowl of crisp apples on the kitchen counter. To keep those apples crisp and all countertop-stored produce fresh, store them out of direct sunlight, either directly on the countertop, in an uncovered bowl, or inside a perforated plastic bag. Refrigerator Storage Tips For produce stored in the refrigerator make sure that fruits and vegetables are stored separately as Ethylene build up in the fridge can cause spoilage. And always remember to keep produce in perforated plastic bags.