Sometimes using up all fruits and veggies before they go bad can be challenging. This is a common issue for people who tend to buy a lot of fresh produce at once or simply don’t use what they`ve bought. The good news is that there are many tips on how to keep your food fresh and delicious longer, which saves time and also leaves you with healthy body at the same time. Read on to learn how to keep your fruits and veggies from going bad:
1. Wrap your celery in tin foil
Instead of using a plastic wrap to store celery, just like most people with their veggies, use tin foil to prevent celery from losing its taste and its consistency.
2. Keep your potatoes in the dark
Exposing potatoes to direct sunlight makes them go bad faster. Place them in wooden or plastic boxes instead, and keep in dry and dark area.
3. Wrap your banana stems in plastic wraps
Instead of storing bananas in the fridge, wrap the stalks in plastic food wrap and keep them at room temperature. This simple trick keeps them fresh for longer!
4. Don’t wash your produce before storing them
Although the produce should be washed well right before being consumed, washing it before storing is not recommended as it removes its natural defense against rot and mold.
5. Store your tomatoes with the stalk facing up
Interestingly, even the position of how your store your produce matters! Since the stalks of tomatoes are the most fragile part of the vegetable, leaving them facing downwards causes the tomato to rot faster. Therefore, you should always store your tomatoes with the stalk facing up.
6. Keep your onions and garlic in the dark
Apart from potatoes, onions and garlic also don’t like too much sunlight! Put them in a plastic bag with holes for proper air glow and keep them in a dark place.
7. Store your peeled vegetables in jars of water
Peeling and slicing the vegetable in advance is very helpful as it saves time when you`re cooking. However, this causes the food to rot faster, which is something we want to avoid. Instead, store them in jars of water.
8. Fruits and vegetables should be stored in a dry environment
We all know that moisture is a huge contributing factor to mold on our food. To counteract this effect, store your fruits and veggies with a paper towel, which absorbs excess moisture and prevents the food from going bad and getting moldy.
9. Store avocados in plastic bag
Wrap the unripened avocados in newspaper and place them in a thick paper bag, kept at room temperature. Once ripe, place them in a plastic bag and store in the fridge.
10. Certain kinds of fruits and vegetables do not belong in the fridge
Did you know that keeping cucumbers, tomatoes, and bell peppers refrigerated shortens their life span? If kept in the fridge, these veggies become slimy and lose their consistency. Remember, fruits and veggies shouldn’t be kept refrigerated until they`ve ripened.
11. Store fruits and vegetables in the warmer part of the fridge
As mentioned above, some fruits and veggies can be stored in the refrigerator. However, remember to store them in the warmer part of the fridge as lower temperatures cause their freshness and aroma to disappear faster.
12. Certain fruits and vegetables shouldn’t be stored together
Certain food and vegetables shouldn’t be stored together as some ripened fruits, such as mangoes, tomatoes, apricots, plums, melons, give off ethylene. Some fruits and veggies like potatoes, broccoli, carrots, and pumpkins are sensitive to ethylene, meaning that keeping them together speeds up the rotting process.
13. Store asparagus as you would flowers
To prolong the shelf life of asparagus, store it upright in a glass with water, just like you do with a bouquet of flowers.
14. Broccoli and cauliflower need moisture
Broccoli and cauliflower thrive on moisture, as opposed to other veggies which don’t like it too much. Keep broccoli`s stem in fresh water and cover the upper part with a water flower. Do the same with cauliflower.