There’s few things as fulfilling as taking a stroll along the farmer’s market or the grocery store and being hit with the smell of fresh produce. Oh the endless possibilities of dishes you can make. There’s nothing like it. But trying to keep produce the same after bringing it home can be tricky. Fret not. We’re here to help you out with tips to keep produce fresh for weeks.
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Keeping Produce Fresh For Weeks
Wash leafy greens
While it is important to store vegetables dry, it is just as important to make sure they’re thoroughly washed first. That helps to retain the freshness, especially for leafy greens, after which they can be dried with a paper towel and then stored in the fridge.
Ripe fruits go in the fridge
Some fruits require room temperature to ripen. But once done, it needs to go in the fridge to prevent it from becoming overripe. This applies for fruits like avocado, apricots, kiwi and guava.
Apply the same with ginger
The best way to ensure that all the ginger you have stays fresh longer is to toss it in the fridge. Just place fresh, unpeeled ginger in an airtight bag or container. This will prevent oxygen or moisture from seeping in.
Keep ethylene-producers separate from the ethylene-sensitives
Some fruits like bananas and avocados release ethylene, which accelerates the ripening process of fruits and vegetables that are sensitive to ethylene (broccoli, cabbage, lettuce). So it’s best to store these sets of produce away from each other to keep them fresh for as long as possible.
Go with plastic bags
Keeping produce sealed in airtight bags is another useful trick. It prevents moisture from leaving, thereby ensuring that the fruit or vegetable doesn’t get dehydrated and go stale. It also works with containers that have tight lids.