Sometimes, trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle might be a little stressing and hard to follow. One of the reasons might be because you feel like buying all of these fruits and vegetables whenever you have free time, it’ just a waste of money. You might buy them, but realize that a couple of days later, when you check the fridge, there’s only a poor view of rotten fruits and vegetables that you didn’t have the time to cook or you thought would last longer.
This makes you give up on your healthy life practices!
So I want to share with you a couple of secrets on how to store your fruits and vegetables. You won’t have to suffer anymore about wasted food. Maintain them fresh as new for longer with these tips!
1. Store Your Fruits and Veggies Without Washing Them
When you wash fruits or vegetables, you take away the protective lining that it naturally owns which protects them from going bad. Instead of washing with water and soap, just clean them with a dry napkin. Humidity does all against fruits and vegetables so make sure they are completely dry before storing. We recommend putting a napkin underneath the fruit or vegetable so that it absorbs any humidity excess.
2. Avocado: Keep It in A Paper Bag!
You can store avocados in paper bags or in newspaper. Do not store in the fridge before it ripens, it needs to stay in room temperature in a paper bag or wrapped in newspaper so that it ripens and then, you can store it in a plastic bag in the fridge.
3. Cucumbers, Tomatoes, and Peppers
This one might be a totally new one for you just like it was for me! (You might love me for this one). You got to store cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers in room temperature if they haven’t ripened yet. If you store them in the fridge, they will lose their smell, and they will go soft and gooey.
Just a fun fact: No fruit or vegetable that hasn’t ripen yet should be stored in the fridge. Period.
Depending on the type of banana you get, some of them might ripen incredibly fast! After that, I usually have to start trying to figure out what recipes I can do with ripened bananas but that wasn’t the purpose I had for them at first. So to keep them good for longer, wrap some plastic food wrapper around the stems of the bananas. Bananas need humidity so they will maintain that humidity better with their stems wrapped in plastic.
5. Store Fruits and Vegetables in The Warmest Area of the Fridge
When fruits and vegetables are stored in cool environments, they lose their freshness and smells. If you want to keep them for longer, make sure you store them in the warmest area of the fridge which is usually the bottom compartment.
6. Certain Fruits and Vegetables Should Not Be Stored Together
There are certain fruits and vegetable that when ripened, they expel a certain gas called ethylene. Some of the fruits that expel this gas are: Bananas, peaches, melons, pears, prunes, mangoes, and tomatoes.
The fruits that you should not put together with the fruits that expel ethylene gas are: Apples, eggplants, cucumber, watermelon, potatoes, pumpkins, carrots, and broccoli.
If you put any of these fruits from the different groups together, they will ripen faster. So make sure to store those two groups separately.
7. Onions and Potatoes Stored Different Containers
Storing onions and potatoes together will ruin the potatoes in a heartbeat! So make sure you store them in different containers or different drawers.
8. Garlic and Onion Are Meant to Be On the Dark Side
Garlic and onions love the darkness. You can keep the onions and garlic in paper bags with small holes. Keep them in a dry and dark place.
9. Potatoes Go Bad When Exposed to Sun Light
Potatoes cannot be stored in a sunny place. They don’t only go bad but they are actually harmful for the health of anyone around them. It is better to store them in a dry and dark place in wooden containers or plastic containers.
10. Store Potatoes with an Apple
Storing an apple with the potatoes will help keep the potatoes fresher and containing their nutrients for longer. So next time you store your potatoes, make sure you put an apple or two with them!
11. Broccoli and Cauliflower
The trick to maintain broccoli fresh is to keep its stem in a recipient with fresh water and cover it with a wet towel. If you do this, make sure to change the water every day and to keep the towel wet. Cauliflower has to be stored covering it with a wet towel too.