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How to Store Your Fruit for Smoothies

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When you make smoothies in your performance blender regularly, it's important to get the most out of your fruit. Fresh fruit is delicious and juicy and can make some of the best smoothies. But if the fresh fruit you buy goes bad before you get a chance to use it then it's a waste. 

Follow these tips to keep some of the most popular smoothie fruits fresh for longer and get more value for the fruit you buy. 

Keep your bananas for longer. Keep your bananas for longer.

Bananas are a key nutritious ingredient in many smoothies. However, these beloved fruits can turn brown quickly. Keep yours from browning or rotting too soon by splitting up your bunch of bananas and covering each stem in plastic wrap. Additionally, store them somewhere cool and ventilated. 

Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries often pop up in smoothie recipes. While refrigeration is key to keeping them from rotting or withering, many people try a home remedy to get them to last even longer. People wash their berries in a 3-to-1 water-vinegar bath to clean the berries thoroughly of spores, then dry and seal them in the refrigerator. 

Maximize your peaches by letting them ripen. Maximize your peaches by letting them ripen.

Peaches and stone fruit 
Peaches, nectarines and apricots make great juicy smoothie ingredients. These fruits store best on your countertop where they can ripen. Once ripe, you can refrigerate or freeze these fruits for maximum longevity. If you don't wait until they're ripe, they probably won't taste as good in your smoothie. 

Pineapple and mango 
Cutting pineapples and mangos can be a pain. Make sure you don't let them go to waste by freezing these fresh tropical foods. First, let them ripen, then cut them and freeze them for months of easy smoothie use.