How to Store Food Outside of the Fridge
Here's how you can keep fruits and veggies fresh!
Throwing out spoilt fresh fruits and veggies can be heartbreaking. You remember when you bought them: fresh, vibrant, beautiful, and now they're wilt and on the verge of spoiling. There's a way you can avoid wasting your precious produce! Whether you don't have a refrigerator, don't have space in the refrigerator, or want to shop less often, these tips will surely help you do right by your fresh fruits and veggies.
2 Buy Unripe Fruits
If you're shopping once a week, buy your fruits at different stages of ripening so you can be eating a sweet fruit every day. Make sure to eat them within the day once they're fully ripe.
Here are the fruits to leave on your countertop where they will continue to ripen:
Apples, bananas, pears, kiwis, mangoes, papayas, pineapples, pomegranates, mangoes, and cabbages.
To avoid bruising your fruits and veggies, you can line your baskets with kitchen towels. Also, for softer produce, avoid layering them on top of one another. Bell peppers and zucchinis will do even better wrapped individually in newspaper.
4 Choose a Well Ventilated Area
Whether you're keeping it in the dark or on top of your kitchen counter, make sure you don't seal your produce in airtight containers. The lack of respiration will cause it to go bad quickly.
If your tomatoes are already fully ripe and you don't think they'll last the night, boil them for 10 minutes so you can still use them the next day.
6 Take Them Out of Their Plastic Bags
Fruits and vegetables will immediately rot if stored wet, especially when it's in a plastic bag that traps moisture. Wick plastic containers, baskets or bags are better to use.
7 Get Rid of Rotten Produce
Rot spreads. Save the rest of your fruits and veggies by discarding rotten produce. Look out for bruising, dripping, mold, or if it particularly attracts fruit flies. If
Exposing them to light may cause them to sprout. Also, keep onions and potatoes away from each other as they will also cause sprouting.
9 Treat Herbs and Greens Like Flowers
Fresh greens lettuce, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and herbs will last long on your kitchen counter if you treat them like a bouquet of flowers. Cut their ends and have them stand in a jar of fresh water. Change the water daily to keep it clean.
10 Make Jam
Too many fruits ripe at the same time? Cooking your fruits in sugar and storing them in sterilized jars will give it a long shelf life.
These tips will not only make storing produce easier, but it's also an easier way to guarantee meeting your required fruits and veggies for the day.