Store Well, Eat Well
What’s your fridge organisation like?
Storing fruits and vegetables is simple and trouble-free! You can either freeze or refrigerate them, depending on the type of produce. Storing fresh produce the right way will help maintain its freshness.
What we have here are a few tips and tricks on how you could store your favourite fresh produce.
COOL AND DRY PLACE
Some vegetables and fruits need to be stored in the refrigerator while others are best set aside at room temperature like placing it on countertops. Remove the packaging of fruits and vegetables. You wouldn’t want your fruits to sweat and rot even before the shelf life ends.
Storing tip: Keep bananas, lemons, limes and root vegetables like onions, garlic, potatoes, sweet potatoes and pumpkins in a cool, dry area like shelves or on top of your kitchen countertop.
IN OR OUT?
Apples, pears, watermelons and citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and limes can be kept in the fridge and at dry places too.
Storing tip: If you’re planning to put these fruits in the fridge, gently wash and wipe it clean before putting it into small packages.
Leafy greens such as lettuce, swiss chard, kale, bok choy, carrots and fruits like jackfruit and soursop should be kept in the fridge for longer shelf life.
Storing tip: Rinse and dry well before wrapping them in a paper towel, then place it in a container or even better in ziplock bags.
Gentle reminder: Leafy vegetables are usually sandy or dirty, so it’s best to wash it before storing.
REFRIGERATE TOMATOES: YAY OR NAY?
There’s a lot of talk on whether you should refrigerate tomatoes. Contrary to popular belief, there’s no right or wrong to refrigerate tomatoes.
Storing tip: Ripe tomatoes are best kept refrigerated, while unripe tomatoes at room temperature and away from direct sunlight. Tomatoes could be kept loose in bowls or can be in containers too. Also, remember to use the ripe tomatoes first instead of the unripe ones.
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Sources: Real Simple