BEST TIPS FOR STORING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Does this ever happen to you? You take the time to review healthy recipes, make a shopping list, get to the store, put everything away and then all of a sudden the week has flown by and your gorgeous, expensive, organic produce has wilted into a mushy brown mess? Nothing more discouraging for healthy eating than the frustration of waste. The good news is that this doesn’t have to keep happening, you can follow these simple tips and tricks to keep your veggies alive and well for much longer.
Fresh IS Best
Start off on the right foot by purchasing the ripest, freshest produce. Not only does freshly picked mean higher levels of nutrients, it’s also more likely to last longer.
Produce that Sits Together, Ripens Together
Want to prevent your apples or potatoes from becoming brown and mealy too fast? Keep them away from your onions and bananas! While these are all best stored on the counter, they certainly shouldn’t be stored together. That’s because ethylene, the “fruit ripening gas,” is naturally emitted to help ripen fruit including those surrounding them.
Fruits that are bruised, damaged or kept in plastic will also ripen faster, usually too fast.
Tips to Ripen Faster
Want those avocadoes now? Um, the answer is always yes!! Here are tips for how to help your produce ripen more quickly.
In or out?
Many fruits and veggies last longer on the counter while others will perish if left out of the fridge. Here's a quick guide based on location for storage.
In the fridge:
Out of the fridge, on the counter:
Keep out of the fridge, in a cool dry space, out of direct sunlight.
Don't forget about frozen
Frozen veggies stay good much longer then fresh and are a perfect back-up to have for those busy weeknight dinners. Plus, in the off season, frozen can even be more nutritious than fresh.
Here are more tips on freezing food by OKay Supermarket!