He made a commitment to a healthier diet and decided to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into his daily diet. Fruits and vegetables can be expensive and you don’t have time to shop at the market every day. How can you make those precious products last longer at home? Follow these tips for proper fruit and vegetable storage.
With a little planning, eat the items that will spoil first and work on the other items as the week progresses. To avoid running a session to bring lettuce back to life, use the following ideas to help keep produce fresh.
Two main things to remember:
o Do not wash produce until you are ready to eat it.
o Store fruits and vegetables separately.
Proper fruit storage
1. Fruits like low humidity. The berries last for about three days, so eat them first. Store unwashed strawberries on a paper towel in a sealed plastic storage container.
2. Berries, oranges, pineapples, cherries, grapes and watermelons do not ripen after harvest. Put them directly in the fridge. Lemons and limes can be stored on the counter, but they last longer in the refrigerator.
3. Buy green bananas and let them ripen to use whenever you want. Banana peels turn black in the refrigerator, but the fruit will still taste the same. When the bananas are overripe, peel them, put them in small food or fruit storage bags, and freeze to make smoothies.
4. Ripe certain fruits on the counter and put them in the refrigerator when they are soft to the touch. Pears, apricots, peaches, plums, mangoes, cantaloupes, cantaloupe, bananas, kiwis, and green avocados can be softened on the counter. Once they are soft to the touch, put them in the refrigerator. The apples will also continue to ripen. Put the apples without bruise in the refrigerator to keep them crisp for many weeks.
1. Generally, vegetables stay fresh in a humid environment, which means the crisper drawer of the refrigerator. Store only the broccoli in a bag so that the entire refrigerator doesn’t smell like broccoli. If you don’t have a vegetable drawer, store the vegetables wrapped in a plastic bag in a plastic container.
2. Too much moisture can be harmful to vegetables and brown spots will develop especially on lettuce if it is too moist.
3. Store tomatoes on the counter and only chill just before serving.
4. Hard-shelled potatoes, onions, aubergines, and squash should be stored in a cool, dry place.
By following these guidelines, you will ensure that you get the most value and flavor from your fresh fruits and vegetables.