Which fruits and veggies to store in the fridge and which better leave out, which ones we have to eat first and which can last a week? More healthy tips on how to store and cook them in the following article.
The diversity of fruits and vegetables on the market is enormous. Oven-cooked or eaten raw, fruits and veggies are a necessary part of the healthy diet. We can even find out-of-season ones during the colder months. But do we know how to store them, which fruits and vegetables have a quick expiry date and which ones can last the longest? Are they better left at the kitchen fridge or at room temperature? That knowledge can be quite practical, because it will help us prolong the life of each fruit or vegetable which we bought from the market. Therefore, we will decrease the amount of food waste.
The most optimal variant, when you shop, is to buy fresh fruits and vegetables every day. Now it might not be quite easy in the big city, but you are sure in no shortage of options. You can grow fruits and vegetables on your own, but let's assume you don't have this opportunity. When you shop once for the whole week, you must know which fruits and veggies are the most delicate, in order to eat and cook them first and which ones are the most durable.
2 days: avocado, bananas, broccoli, cherries, corn, green beans, mushrooms, strawberries, artichoke, asparagus.
5-6 days: cucumbers, eggplants, grapes, green salad, lime, pineapples, arugula;
7-8 days: peaches, blueberries, cabbage, cauliflower, grapefruit, lemons, mint, oranges, apricots, spinach, tomatoes, watermelons;
Those that can last longer are: potatoes, onions, garlic, apples, beetroot, celery, carrots.
In order to make them look fresh, fruits and veggies should be stored right. Some of them are not recommended to be held in the fridge, because they darken, whereas others must definitely go there, if you want to keep them around for longer.
Here are the fruits and veggies, which you can keep in the fridge: apples, pears, carrots, celery, green salad, turnips, strawberries, kiwi, plums, apricots, cherries, figs.
The kitchen refrigerator is most certainly not the place for: avocado, bananas, nectarines, melons, peaches, tomatoes, cucumbers, pineapples, potatoes.
Some sources and specialists show different methods to store fruits and veggies in order to prolong their freshness. This way the apples can be kept in the fridge for example, but you can always place them in a dark, dry and airy spot.
In order to prolong the life of the fruits and veggies, always keep them in different place, not all in one bowl or container. The ones that ripe faster and begin to rot, will affect the rest of the fruits and vegetables, that are, as a matter of principle, more durable.
E.coli is amongst the most often met microbes in our daily environment. In certain circumstances, this bacteria can acquire really dangerous virulent characteristics. That's why it is of vital importance to clean the vegetables and fruits every time before consumption or cooking. It's also recommended to wash well the cutlery before eating, too.
Usually those fruits and vegetables, which are not appropriate to keep in the fridge, are better left at room temperature, in a dry and airy spot – bananas, tomatoes, onions, potatoes and cucumbers are good examples.
One of the preventive measures, which we can take on our own to keep them fresh for longer, is to pick the fruits and veggies straight from the shop healthy and undamaged. Choose loose goods, not packed – you can see on your own which ones you like.
Another way to increase your chances of eating a healthy and well-cooked food, is to get down to cleaning your kitchen appliances. It's quite easy to slip and ignore the little burnt-on fat and food deposits in the oven chamber pile up, especially during the autumn and winter season when cooking season is in its peak. Gradually though, those nasty stains will create problems when you prepare your food, leaving you with a dirty and smelly cooker which always burns your favourite dish. The oven cleaning process should happen as often as 2 times per year, which will ensure a safe and healthy cooking environment, according to most professional cleaning companies in Merton.
If we buy with the idea to cook them later, we better choose those fruits and veggies, which are not ripe yet.
In order to make a fruit or vegetable ripen faster, place it in a paper package which has an opening to let air in. in order to speed the process, you can add a well-ripe apple or banana.