Storing Fruits And Veggies So They Last Longer


Storing Fruits And Veggies So They Last Longer

Properly storing fruits and veggies, so they stay good and fresh for long, is a concern in many households. Things like apples, oranges, onions, tomatoes, potatoes need to be stored at room temperature or colder, but not fridge temperature, in a dark place, with some air circulation. For things that require refrigeration, especially more delicate items like lettuce, green onions, etc., put them in a plastic bag. You can also stick a couple of paper towels in with them (absorbs moisture that they give off, which waters the bacteria that cause spoilage), seal them up, and store in the coldest part of the fridge. The paper towels make a huge difference. Try it-get to packs for green onions, and store one with paper towels, and one without.

Storing Fruits And Veggies So They Last Longer
Storing Fruits And Veggies So They Last Longer

Storing Fruits And Veggies In Refrigerator

In case you did not know, if you set the fridge to 38°F, it will typically cool down to 35 or 36°F, then it lets it warm up to 40 or 41°F before turning on again. 38°F is the average temp you want, which is why you must take a bunch of readings, then average them, to see what your fridge is doing.

For things that come in special packagings, like strawberries, grapes, etc., store them in the fridge in their containers-the growers research the best temperature ranges constantly to get the fruit to the market in saleable condition, so learn from them.

The best temperature for the vegetable portion of a fridge is 38°F (3.3°C). I am a semi-retired pro cook, and this is the temperature that chefs have found to be the most economical-colder does not help much but costs more in electricity, and warmer and things do not last as long. So, stick a thermometer in the fridge, in the vegetable section, read it every time you open the fridge and write it down. After getting like ten readings, average them, and adjust the fridge temp control. Then repeat this after giving it several hours to adjust.

Storing Fruits And Veggies So They Last Longer
Storing Fruits And Veggies So They Last Longer

Other Methods Of Storage

Store fruit in closed spaces like in ventilated containers protected with fine mesh. Inspect daily for ripe or overripe fruit or the presence of fruit flies.

If you usually forget to use up fruits and veggies if you put them in the crisper, store your vegetables in plain sight in Evert-Fresh or reusable produce bags that mimic your crisper’s function. Gasoline can upfront ripen meals, which can be delicate to it, so maintain ethylene-producing meals far from ethylene-delicate meals.

Storing Fruits And Veggies So They Last Longer
Storing Fruits And Veggies So They Last Longer

You cannot realistically prevent flies since they, and their eggs are often hidden in fruits you may buy. The best you can do is to avoid conditions where they will explode in population by controlling the availability of food sources and water. Promptly clean up any food spills and wipe up any stray water. You can use a reliable vacuum cleaner (line-powered or hand-held battery-powered) to capture any flies you may find.

Alternately, you can also use a fan-based or vinegar-and-soap trap to catch any strays and monitor for the presence of fruit flies. An often-overlooked place where flies can breed prolifically is the condensate tray near the bottom of self-defrosting refrigerators and freezers. The tray often accumulates disgusting food residues and is kept warm by heat from the compressor. Periodically clean out the tray or pot, and leave a couple of drops of dish detergent in it to discourage fly larvae from thriving there.

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