Proper Storage of Fruits and Vegetables at Home
Keeping fresh fruits and vegetables in a proper storage requires certain process. Whether you got them from a store or from your own garden, it is important to know the best way to prevent the fruits and vegetables from becoming limp or wilted. We made some guidelines on how to store fruits and vegetables properly to maintain their freshness and nutritional value.
- Separate Fruits from Vegetables
Fruits contain high levels of ethylene which can prematurely ripen vegetables. The fruits require low moisture and if stored too long or in an improper setting they might lose their crisp, sweet flavor while vegetables tend to remain its freshness in a humid environment. It’s better to separate fruit and vegetables in different drawers to avoid spoilage.
- Storing Vegetables
To avoid loss of moisture, store fresh vegetables in a clean plastic bag or container that has some holes for good air flow. Most vegetables are recommended to store in the refrigerator, particularly in crisper drawers which control moist to maintain the freshness of vegetables. However, eggplant, potatoes and onions should be in a room temperature storage.
- Storing Fruits
Some fruits like avocado, kiwifruit, peach and pear still ripen once picked, this means untimely refrigeration will result in flavor loss. Store the fruits at room temperature, then refrigerate once they’re fully ripe or soft already. Also, keep in mind that fresh fruits with delicate skins should not be washed before storing in refrigerator. Keep them in their original package and store in the fridge instead.
Below is the recommended proper storage of fresh fruits and vegetables at home:
You may also want to mark the plastic bag container with the date you put them in the fridge so you can easily track and determine the freshness of the fruits and vegetables.
We hope this guideline helped you in storing fresh fruits and vegetables properly at home.