We go to the trouble of buying organic or locally grown produce. That’s wonderful! However, all too often we don’t store it properly and waste more than we end up eating. And that’s not good. It’s also not necessary. I’m going to share some basic food storage tips in this post that will help you make the most of your produce purchases.
First some overall basics:
Fruits and veggies don’t play well together, so when refrigerating produce, separate fruit and vegetables into different drawers for 2 reasons.
First certain fruits give off high levels of ethylene (the ripening agent) can prematurely ripen and spoil surrounding vegetables.
Also fruits and veggies require different levels of humidity so set the humidity control appropriately:
Fruit needs low humidity; Veggies need high humidity
Vegetables need to breathe. Poke holes in the plastic bags you store them in, or keep them in reuseable mesh bags. An airtight plastic bag is the worst choice for storing vegetables.
Wash your produce when you are ready to eat it – not before you store it. Dampness encourages bacterial growth making them more likely to spoil. This is especially true of berries.
Don’t crowd your fruits and veggies – be sure they have room to breathe. The more closely you pack them in, the more quickly they will rot.
Don’t store onions and potatoes together – the onions will cause the potatoes to sprout. Garlic and onions can be stored together.
Now for some specifics: This originally appeared in the No-Nonsense Nutrition Report so you can read the rest right here. Simply scroll down to this issue.
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