Some fruits don’t play well together, therefore don’t store them in a drawer or refrigerator next to each. Many fruits produce ethylene gas at different rates, which acts as the ripening hormone and can speed up spoilage. It’s advisable to separate the ripe fruits from unripe ones and store them separately. Additionally, washing fruits before storing makes them likely to spoil, since dampness promotes bacteria growth. But, with just small adjustments, you can ensure that your fruits remain at their peak flavor and ripeness until you decide to eat them. One rule to remember is that you should always buy fruits that are in season, have a general idea of when to eat everything and try not to buy too much at once. Here are ways of storing fruits.
Store in The Fridge
Fruits like apples, grapes, and berries last longer if kept in their original packaging and stored in the crisper of the fridge. For berries, they can last in the fridge for up to a week. Don’t place apples on top of other fruits, in fact, keep them in a separate compartment in the fridge because they make other fruits ripen faster.
Store in the Counter
This is more suitable for fruits that need ripening which include apricots, guava, kiwi, mangoes, avocados, melons, papaya, peaches, plums, and bananas. Immediately after ripening transfer them into the fridge. While in the fridge store every fruit separately to keep them from ripening too quickly.
Unripe avocados can take between four and five days to ripen at room temperature and you should ensure they are out of direct sunlight. Once ripe, keep them in the fridge for two to three days to halt the process which makes them last longer.
Store in A Breathable Produce Bag
Fruits naturally require breathable bags so that they are able to absorb moisture and air. The common type of bag used is the mesh bag, it allows excellent air circulation to the products inside, and preferred for thicker skinned fruits. Since potatoes, onions, garlic, and tomatoes need more air circulation, you should place the bag on the countertop or hang it by the drawstring in a cool place.
This is used to store mostly pineapples. Add pineapples to each leg, tying knots between each one. Hang it at room temperature. Also, you can store them at room temperature on a countertop. Remember to keep them away from potatoes. This storage can also be used for vegetables like onions and garlic. Not forgetting that onions should not be refrigerated because humidity and cold temperature cause them to turn mushy.
Freeze Some Fruits
Most fruits can be frozen and it’s a great way to enjoy ripe fruit all year long. However, it’s hard to eat frozen fruits hence they are perfect for making smoothies, adding to hot cereal, using in muffins and quick bread, mixing with yogurt or making fruit sauce for pancakes and waffles. Most fruits will be fine in the freezer for up to one year. There are a number of ways to freeze fruits; when whole, in small pieces or packed in a jar with syrup. For instance, if it’s berries, gently wash them and drain the water, spread them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and place in a freezer. When they are hard, place them into labeled freezer bags or containers.
Store in Cans
You can use cans to store your fruits which can last up to two years. Still, you can buy canned fruits and check the expiry date to help keep track of how long it has been in your cupboard. Most canned fruits will have a “use by” date. This will show how long the food will be at its best quality as decided by the manufacturer.
To avoid throwing away fruits, it’s important you learn where and how to store fruits and also which fruits to keep separate from each other. The above ways will help your fruits last longer reducing wastage. Also, sort out the fruits before storage, remove the spoiled ones and avoid washing the fruit unless you plan on eating them eating right away. Alternatively, if your fruits do become riper, you should consider making a smoothie as soon as possible. Nevertheless, if you want to store a slice of avocado for later use, you might encounter some issues. However, there is some avocado hanger that will help keep it fresher for longer. This hanger can be used for other fruits that aren’t whole.
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