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Preserve Fruits and Vegetables & Tomato Cucumber Salad Recipe

I received a set of Produce Keepers in exchange for this post. The opinions expressed are my own.

Since we’ve been eating better in my home, I’ve been having trouble finding a way to preserve fruits and vegetables.  Sometimes I only use part of a veggie when I make a salad or an omelet.  Putting the leftover veggies in a plastic baggie never seems to keep if fresh or intact for long.

When Good Cook asked some bloggers to try out their produce keepers, I knew I had found a better way than plastic baggies to preserve fruits and vegetables.  We were given the cantaloupe, banana, tomato, lemon, grapefruit, asparagus and green pepper keepers to try out.

I really enjoyed using them all.  It was great to have a place to keep asparagus cut and in water, like you are supposed to.  My daughters only seem to eat a half of banana at a time, so the banana keeper came in handy as well.  My favorite though, was the tomato keeper.  I use a half of tomato, just about every day, and the tomato keeper made sure the leftover tomato was fresh and not crushed.

Tomato Cucumber Salad Preserve fruits and vegetables with Good Cook

My husband works 112 degree weather.  When he comes home, he’s hungry, but he doesn’t want anything too heavy.  He also doesn’t want something hot.  He’s been cooking all day in the heat!  He really enjoys a Tomato Cucumber salad.

Tomato Cucumber Salad
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Quick and Easy Tomato and Cucumber salad for one. This salad has a bit of spice that gives it's cool flavor a zip! Add cooked shrimp to enjoy a Mexican style shrimp cocktail.
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 1-2
  • 1 cucumber (peeled)
  • ½ large tomato
  • 1 avocado
  • A handful of fresh cilantro
  • ½ Cup of vegetable juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (i.e., Red Devil or Tabasco) or more if desired.
  • optional: onions
  1. Chop vegetables and cilantro.
  2. In a bowl, add lemon and vegetable juice, toss to combine.
  3. Add hot sauce (more or less as desired) to combine.
  4. Can be refrigerated or eaten immediately.


Not only are Good Cook‘s produce keepers great to preserve fruits and vegetables, but they are super cute!  I found my girls playing store with my keepers one night.  They would make an excellent gift for the foodie in your life.

For another vegetable inspired side, try these Baked Avocado Fries!


Sunday 30th of June 2013

I would like to try the Tomato Keeper.


Sunday 30th of June 2013

I like the tomato keeper

leann lindeman

Saturday 29th of June 2013

the tomato keeper!


Saturday 29th of June 2013

I like the asparagus keeper!


Saturday 29th of June 2013

I'd like the melon keeper

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