While celebrating the fact that my days of cooking for one are numbered (exactly 62 days of singleness left, to be exact!), I am still feeling the first-world burden that is a lack of nutritional variety when cooking for one. I like to keep my fridge and pantry stocked with nutritious options (obviously), but I find that my food often goes bad before I have a chance to eat my way through all of it! I especially notice this when I buy large quantities of fruits and vegetables. This has led me to be on the lookout for more durable produce...and here's what I've decided to keep on hand over the past few months.
Onions, garlic, and carrots are incredibly durable. Onions and garlic are also remarkably shelf stable with no need for refrigeration, as you probably know. Onions are naturally cancer-fighting and carrots are important for optical and hormonal health (two things for which I have a shaky family history). I also like to keep bell peppers around, though they last a little longer when I go ahead and caramelize them right after purchasing. Caramelized peppers and onions are great in Mexican food, as pictured, but also in Asian food, and with a simple meal of eggs and whole grain toast. If I haven't eaten through all of my caramelized peppers after 5 or 6 days, I know I can toss them in the freezer because they will defrost as single portions easily.
While apples and citrus are still in season (for a couple more weeks!), I've taken advantage of their durability. I'll take all the vitamin C they can give me! I also like keeping blueberries and strawberries around because, similarly to bell peppers, they freeze well. I'll snack on them for as long as they are fresh and just before they over-ripen, I'll transfer them to the freezer. Adding frozen berries to oatmeal in the morning is transformational. Not to be dramatic...
So what about you? What are your favorite durable fruits and veggies?