Does it happen to you to throw away veggies and fruits that have rotten in the fridge because you didn’t have time to prepare them? Throwing food away is not the most human thing you can do, nor economical.
If you want to have your favorite veggies and fruits stored and classified like on the shop stands and shelves, check these tricks that will reveal you how to make them last longer and stay fresh.
First of all, you should know that there are veggies that you don’t have to refrigerate because they have firm and thick exterior, or because they taste delicious when kept at room temperature. Pumpkin, butternut squash, cabbage, avocado, tomatoes, bananas (if you want ripe bananas, keep them in the fridge, but if you want them greenish, strong yellowish and unripe, let this tropical fruit enjoy a warmer temperature).
When it comes to prepared and chopped vegetables, you should keep them in containers with good vacuum, which will help the veggies to stay crispy and fresh. Don’t add additional amounts of water to cucumbers, cauliflower or broccoli, because they keep their moisture at normal levels when stored in an airtight container.
Vegetables that are roots, like carrots, asparagus and celery need a lot of moisture to stay fresh and crispy and to keep their liveliness for longer time. If you notice that some of these veggies are wilted or dry, you just need to put them in a glass jar or container with some fresh cold water that will moisture and revive their roots. When storing them, cut the bottom of the veggie and place that end in the water part. The veggies should stand vertically and with their bodies propped on the glass jar.
Berries are one of the most delicious fruits, but they can cost you some money. If you want to have larger amounts of berries for smoothies, salads and oatmeal servings, keep them in an airtight container. If some of them have already shown signs of mold, rinse them in cold water and a little bit of vinegar, wash well, drain the unnecessary liquid and then store in the container.
Leafy greens and herbs – these ones are the real delicate. They are one of the most nutritious plants, so you should treat them with love and affection. They need moderate moisture and cool conditions. Store them in a plastic bag, previously wrap them in a paper towel and keep in the fridge.