Food waste by the average American family is estimated at 25 percent of your grocery shopping dollars, or an average of more than $2,000 a year. Fresh vegetables top the list. If you have a better use for $2,000 this year, please read on for simple ways to store and preserve fresh vegetables before they become food waste in the trash or compost bin. We’ve compiled some storage recommendations for popular seasonal vegetables. As a general rule, unfortunately, locally grown organic produce does not stay fresh as long as conventional produce. Store all fresh vegetables without washing. Moisture on vegetables makes them decay more quickly. Just before you are ready to use them, wash vegetables in plenty of running water and then prepare as desired. This is just a start — for the full story on preserving seasonal fruits and vegetables, visit our sister site, Living on the Cheap. It’s enlightening!