A Guide To Keeping Your Fruits And Vegetables Fresh For Longer

At the supermarket or the greengrocer’s, it is impossible to resist the temptation of the bright colors and sweet scent of fruit, and we often find ourselves stocking up on these delights.

It is often tricky for fruit to last long, and you find yourself having to throw away some products that rot ahead of time. It is estimated that, on average, every family throws away almost a quarter of the fruit they buy.

To ensure a long life for the fresh products we buy, it is good to pay attention to storing them. Not all foods have the exact needs, and it is good, as far as possible, to give fruit and vegetables the right place and storage.

Don’t Mix Your Fruits

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Fruits and vegetables should not be mixed, especially when storing them. Keep them in separate drawers to help stop the action of ethylene and avoid ruining your products.

Keep Citrus At Cold Temperatures

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Extend the life of oranges, tangerines, lemons, and limes by keeping them in the fridge. These would last even more than a week if stored in a cool and dark place, away from direct sunlight; storing them in the refrigerator lasts even longer. Be sure to keep them loose rather than in sealed containers.

Turn Pineapples Upside Down

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Keep the fresh pineapple longer by cutting off the top and placing it upside down. This would help redistribute the sugars throughout the fruit and keep the tropical taste fresh longer.

Put Ripe Fruits In The Refrigerator

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Some fruits need to be left at room temperature to ripen. However, once they are ripe, keep them in the refrigerator if you will not eat them right away. This should slow down ripening until you want to consume them.

Refresh Lettuce And Herbs

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Light green products like lettuce and herbs can start to wilt or turn yellow in the fridge. But don’t despair: to put them back in their original state, just put them in a bowl with ice water for a couple of minutes.

Avoid The Refrigerator Sometimes

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Potatoes, onions, and tomatoes should not be kept in the refrigerator, as the cold spoils the flavor. Instead, store them in a cool, dry place – the potatoes will last even longer if stored in a dark place.

Green Leafy Vegetables

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Use plastic containers to store your salads and other leafy vegetables, sweet and fresh. By keeping vegetables with delicate leaves in special containers, you maintain freshness for longer and protect them by avoiding crushing them.

Written By:
Titi Dokubo

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