We are all aware of the fact that fruits and vegetables are healthy for us and we always have storage of them in our fridges, but how often did you find yourself in front of the fridge in search for a juicy apple or orange?
In fact you got slapped in the face and realized that the word fresh is no longer applicable to your recently bought fruits and veggies.
Nobody has the time to run to the grocery shop every day, it’s easier and more convenient if we do our grocery shopping once a week and we are supplied throughout the week.
However, it can be really difficult and challenging to keep them fresh. We often end up finding ourselves throwing a great amount of rotten vegetables and bruised fruits. Luckily for you, there is a way you can save yourself some time and of course money.
Even though fruits and veggies are relatively inexpensive, yet if throwing them becomes practice, than we are throwing our money which is totally impractical and no good can come with that.
Here’re 15 ideas to keep your fruits and veggies fresh:
1.Some veggies simply don’t go together
Onions and potatoes are just not getting along and for everybody’s sake is the best if we keep them separate. If you want an edible and fresh onion, you will keep it far from the potatoes and by doing so, you will avoid sprouting shoots on it.
Who can tell the difference- Asparagus can in fact decorate your kitchen, because the best way to maintain fresh asparagus constantly, is to keep it like we keep bunch of flowers- in a glass or jar of clean water and on our counter.
3. Shade for mister potato, please
The sunlight is potatoes’ worst enemy. It can rot your veggie and spoil it for a short period of time, instead, grab a wooden or plastic basket and ensure a dry and dark place. Your potatoes will love it. Here’s a fun fact- add a few apples in your potato basket, it will keep them fresh for a longer period.
4. Bananas are out of the fridge
Bananas keep their best taste if stored at room temperature and wrapped in the stem with some plastic food wrap. If you put them in a fridge, they will become black and tasteless.
5. Wash your fruits and veggies before you eat them, not before you store them
Strange as it sounds, washing fruits and veggies before you place them in the fridge, can actually cause mold on them and therefore they can rot faster. If they have dirt on them, just clean those with dry towel and you are good to go.
6. Stem up
Tomatoes are very delicate plants and their longevity is relatively short. In order to avoid decaying of your tomatoes, store them with their stem up, because this is their most sensitive part.
7. Fruits and veggie at room temperature do need some air
If you are lucky enough to have a storage room with ventilation, yippee for you. If not, find a good place in your kitchen, away from the sunlight, where your fruits and veggies can have a flow of air. Dark, unventilated rooms will only spoil your groceries.
8. Bell peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers should also get out of the fridge
Unless they are ripening, place bell peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers at room temperature and not in the fridge. The fridge will only spoil them.
9. Jars of veggies
A great way to store your peeled and sliced veggies, is to put them in a jar with a little bit of water. This is great for them because you will prevent them from getting too dry and yet avoid spoiling them. You will keep them fresh for a very long time and you will save space in your fridge.
10. Keep onions and garlic in the dark
They will stay fresh for a very long period if you find them a good place in a dark room. If you don’t have one, simply put them in paper bags, with holes for air flow.
11. Keep broccoli and cauliflower well moist
Broccoli has a similar storage requirement as asparagus. You should keep its stem in a glass of clean water and the top covered with wet tower. As for the cauliflower, you can also try wrapping it up in a wet towel or you can simply put it in a plastic food wrapping with several holes on it, for air flow.
12. Keep grapes in polyethylene bags
In order to avoid crushed grapes, pick every grape separately and store it in a polyethylene bags. By doing so, you will avoid crushed grapes and they will stay fresh for a great amount of time.
13. Don’t keep celery in plastic
In order to avoid tasteless celery, wrap it in a tin foil and store it in the fridge. It will make your celery last longer and will keep it fresh.
14. Storing some fruits and veggies together is a big NO-NO
Pumpkins, eggplants, apples, watermelons, broccoli, potatoes and carrots should be kept far away from mangoes, tomatoes, bananas, melons, pears, plums and apricots. The first group is sensitive to the second one, because the second one is giving off ethylene once they are ripen. The ethylene causes the first group to rot in a very fast pace and therefore can ruin your other groceries.
15. Use ice to refresh your leafy veggies
This is a quick way to refresh and revive you wilted veggies. If you kept them long time in the fridge, you greens will look lifeless. A good ice bath can revive your veggies and give them an instant fresh look. Put some ice in a bowl or in a plastic bag, put your greens in there and shake it. Your greens are ready for a fresh salad.
By applying these simple tricks and ideas, your fruits and vegetables will stay fresh and alive for a very long period and you will save yourself some time from running every day to the grocery shop as well as money from all those wasted fruits and vegetables.