Every person should eat enough fruits and vegetable to stay healthy. However, sometimes we buy more fresh food and end up throwing away most of the food we didn’t manage to eat in a few days. If we stored our fruits and vegetables properly, we could save much money.
Storing fresh fruits and vegetables is more difficult than you might imagine. If you wish to avoid spoilage, there are specific foods that mustn’t be stored together. On the other hand, some foods that we normally keep in the refrigerator should be moved to the countertop. If you want to keep your food fresh longer and reduce wasting your food, use our convenient tips.
1. Produce should be kept in the produce drawers of you refrigerator in plastic bags that have holes in them. You can punch holes with sharp objects.
2. Fruits and vegetables should be kept in separate drawers to prevent the development of ethylene. Ethylene gas can ripen sensitive foods too early and cause spoilage of your foods.
3. If you store herbs, cut off the ends and keep vertically in a glass of water. Also, keep the glass covered with a plastic bag.
4. Vegetables like higher humidity, and fruits lower humidity. So, store vegetables in drawers with less air flow, and fruits with more air flow.
5. Citrus fruits should be kept outside the drawers because they like little moisture.
6. Some fruits and vegetables are best kept outside of the refrigerator. For example, tomatoes should be kept on the countertop, because they can lose flavor and turn very soft in the refrigerator. Melons should be kept outside the refrigerator until you cut them. Once they are cut, they can be kept in the refrigerator for at least for days.
7. Cucumbers are best kept at temperatures between 40-60 degrees, because they can become mealy, if stored for too long in colder temperatures.
8. Bananas will not ripen in the refrigerator and turn black. They should be kept on the countertop.
9. Potatoes, onions and garlic like cool and dry conditions, and should therefore be kept out of humid drawers. In fact, they shouldn’t be in the refrigerator at all. If it is too cold, it will break down starches in the potato and make them gritty and sweet. Onions would be moldy and mushy, and garlic would lose the flavor.
10. Cauliflower enjoys higher humidity and should be wrapped in moist paper towels to preserve moisture.
If you watch carefully to the quantity of humidity that your fruits and vegetables are exposed to in your refrigerator, it will most definitely help you in maintaining the best quality foods for longer periods of time. Since food is very expensive, the majority of people can’t afford to throw it away. If your fruits and vegetables rot just after a few days, know that you are storing fruits and vegetables that don’t belong together in the same drawers.