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How to keep your Vegetables Fresh
Fresh fruits and vegetables can wilt and rot very quickly, especially if they are organic. Thankfully with just a few easy tricks, you can save your food from ending up in the bin or compost. Follow these expert tips to ensure your that your fruit and vegetables stay fresher for longer.
Grouping vegetables and fruits
Some fruit and vegetables produce a gas as they ripen. This gas is called ethylene and can prematurely ripen other fruits and vegetables that may be sensitive to it. Fruits and vegetables that produce ethylene include tomatoes, rock melons, kiwis, avocados, mangoes, nectarines, pears and plums. These fruits should be stored away from things like apples, broccoli, carrots, leafy greens and watermelon as they are ethylene sensitive fruits and vegetables.
Keep certain foods out of the fridge
Storing potatoes, onions and tomatoes in a cool dry place. Cold from the fridge does change the taste of these vegetables. Sorting unripe fruits and veggies like pears, peaches, plums, kiwis, mangoes, apricots, avocados, melons and bananas out of the fridge will help them ripen. They can be moved into the fridge with a piece of FreshPaper once they are ripe to help them last longer.
Store salad greens and leafy greens in reusable bags with FreshPaper for Produce. In addition, throw away any rotten or wilted leaves before storing to ensure that it does not encourage wilting in other leaves in the bunch. Fruits that are prone to rot should go in a low humidity drawer and produce that are prone to wilt should be enclosed in a high humidity drawer. A great way to get the most out of using your crisper drawer is to add a piece of FreshPaper to the drawer. One sheet of FreshPaper in the crisper drawer can help to keep produce naturally fresh 2-4 times longer and reduce your wastage by more than 50%.
Avoid washing foods until you’re ready to eat them
Excess moisture does encourage mould and rotting. Therefore, you should only wash fruits and vegetables when you are ready to eat them. This is especially true for berries as they tend to rot and grow mould very quickly after washing.
Freezing fruits and vegetables
If your fruits and veggies are getting ripe too quickly, cutting them up and freezing them is a great way to preserve them for longer. Cut up bananas into small chunks, wash berries and leafy greens before freezing to use them later in smoothies or other recipes. Check out our blog posts on freezing your produce here.
Planning Your Meals Ahead
By planning ahead, you can ensure that you don’t over buy when grocery shopping and reduce food wastage. However, if you do end up with extra produce, a great way of ensuring that they can keep for longer is storing them with FreshPaper. Add a piece of FreshPaper in your crisper drawer or fruit bowl to ensure your groceries stay fresher for longer.
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