31 Mar 2021

How To Keep Your Fruits and Veggies Fresh For Weeks

Figuring out the best way to store your fruits and vegetables can be daunting and different types of fruits and veggies require different storage conditions. But don’t stress, we’re here to help! Before your next grocery trip, make sure you check out the tips below. 

Apples

You should generally avoid storing apples with anything else because they emit a lot of ethylene, which is the gas that speeds up the ripening and decaying process. It's especially important to keep them separate from bananas and citrus, which also creates an abundance of ethylene. Keep apples in the crisper drawer of your fridge

Avocados

It's best to keep avocados at room temperature, at least until they've ripened. Refrigerating them before that point can slow or completely halt the ripening process, in turn ruining the fruit. After it's fully ripe, you can store it in the fridge. If it's cut, sprinkle it with a little lemon juice and store it with the pit to prevent oxidation and keep it fresher for longer.

Bananas 

You should only ever refrigerate bananas once they have fully ripened. Keep them at room temperature until it begins to get brown speckles, and then transfer it to the fridge to give it a longer lifespan.

Bell Peppers

The best way to store bell peppers is in the fridge, unwashed. Residual moisture can cause them to rot prematurely, which is why you're better off washing them right before you're to use them.

Carrots

Carrots, a type of root vegetable, are sturdy and built to last. Keep them in a cool, dark, dry environment like your fridge, though they'll last for a while at room temperature too.

Citrus

Citrus doesn't continue to ripen after it's picked. Store them at room temperature and away from direct sunlight. 

Cucumbers

Cucumbers are sensitive to the cold. This veggie is one of the few that will last longer if you keep it at room temperature.

Garlic

Whatever you do, don't put garlic in the fridge! You should try to keep it in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated place. 

Herbs

Fresh herbs can be stored in the refrigerator, kept dry and bagged, or stored in a jar or glass of water

Onions

Keep them in a cool, dark place but not in the fridge because that will mess up their texture. 

Potatoes

Keep potatoes stored in a cool, dark place that isn’t the fridge. Do not store them with onions because the gasses from the onions will cause the potatoes to sprout. 

Tomatoes

Tomatoes should never go in the fridge because refrigeration makes them soft and mushy so keep them at room temp out of direct sunlight. 

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