How To Store Your Fresh Groceries Right

Have you ever bought a bag full of fresh groceries and found them a few days later wilted into a brown mush?

That's probably because you aren't storing them right. Here is our storage guide that may help keep your produce alive and longer.

 

Ethylene Gas

The usual suspect when it comes to your produce going bad fast is Ethylene Gas - the "fruit-ripening gas" naturally produced by fruits and vegetables. This gas speeds the ripening process in nearby produce as well.
Keep sensitive fruit and veggies away from fresh veggies & fruits that produces ethylene gas. Some ethylene-sensitive produce include apples, potatoes, mangoes, and melon.
To see a more detailed chart of ethylene-sensitive produce, click here.

Speeding Up the Ripening Process


If you happen to get an unripe fruit, place the fruit in a paper or plastic bag to speed up the ripening process. Another way is to keep high-ethlyene fruits near each other. Some of these fruits are avocados, bananas, tomatoes, pears, plums, peaches and cantaloupes.

Keep Away From Heat & Smoke

Avoid storing your fruits and vegetables in an area near heat and / or smoke. This includes areas near gas stoves, ovens, toaster, etc. Smoke and heat have been known to accelerate the ripening process.

Place Your Greens In Water


Like any other plant, fresh herbs and leafy greens need water too! Place them in a jar or vase of water, (if you'd want to take a step further) cover the top with plastic, and place in the fridge to last longer.

Don't Mix Produce & Meats


Don't keep your meats and produce in the same area of the fridge. This will make cross-contamination likely.

Isolate Bananas


Keep those bananas away from your other produce! They produce the highest amount of ethylene gas. To last bananas longer, put plastic wrap around the crown of your bananas.

Keep Your Fridge Clean


Although a daunting task, it makes a world of difference if you want your foods to last longer. Mould or left over residues can increase the spoilage of all your food in the fridge.

Keep Them Loose


Vegetables and fruits that are kept tightly together will accelerate the ripening process and spoil faster due to poor air circulation. Try to store them loose and ensure you don't overstock your fridge.

Keep Them Dirty


It's best to avoid washing your fruits and vegetables until you're ready to use them. Water is known to cause damage to the produce. If the produce you bought is wet, pat them dry with a paper towel and store them away.

Store Them Whole, Not Chopped


Don't cut your fresh produce unless you plan to use them right away. Storing chopped veggies and fruit will expose the produce to moisture in which will cause them to spoil at a much faster rate. If you need to store chopped fruits and vegetables, place a paper towel at the bottom to soak up the moisture and seal the top.

Remove the Greens off Root Vegetables


Cut the greens or stems off root vegetables as they pull the moisture from the root, leaving them to wilt early. Some root vegetables include beets, carrots, turnips, parsnips, and radishes.

Fridge or Counter Top?

Not sure what goes in the fridge or what you can leave outside on the counter / pantry? Check out this infographic on how to store staple fruits and vegetables from Buzzfeed that you can print out and stick it on your fridge!

 

 

 

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