18 Ingenious Tricks to Help Keep Fruits and Vegetables Fresh

Wrap up the stalks on bananas

18 Ingenious Tricks to Help Keep Fruits and Vegetables Fresh

If bananas are stored in the refrigerator, they quickly turn black and lose their taste. It’s best to keep them at room temperature but with the stem wrapped in plastic food wrap.

Store sliced and peeled vegetables in water

18 Ingenious Tricks to Help Keep Fruits and Vegetables Fresh

You can actually keep freshly sliced or peeled vegetables such as carrots and celery for a long time in the refrigerator. To do this you need to place them in containers with a small amount of water.

Store fruits and vegetables in the warmer part of the refrigerator

The lower the temperature, the harder it is to retain the aroma and freshness of fruits and vegetables. If you want them to taste great for longer, store them in the part of the refrigerator where the temperature is slightly higher.

Certain kinds of fruits and vegetables shouldn’t be stored together

Certain kinds of fruits and vegetable begin to actively give off ethylene once they’ve ripened. These include bananas, apricots, melons, pears, plums, mangoes, and tomatoes.

Other kinds of fruits and vegetables are sensitive to ethylene, including apples, eggplants, watermelons, potatoes, pumpkins, carrots, and broccoli. If placed close to the first category, they begin to rot at a rapid rate. So it’s best to store these two groups separately from each other.

Onions and potatoes go in separate places

If you store onions and potatoes in one place, the former will begin to sprout shoots and will become inedible.

Garlic and onions love the dark

The best friend of garlic and onions is darkness. If you haven’t got a large unlit area available, you can put them in paper bags with several small holes punched through for air. That way you can store them pretty much anywhere and at the same time fulfil their need for darkness.

Potatoes will spoil if kept in sunlight

You should never store potatoes where the sun shines directly on them. They not only start to rot, but they can become dangerous. It’s better to store them in a dry, dark place or in wooden or plastic boxes and/or baskets.

Store some apples alongside potatoes

If you put one or two apples in with your potatoes, the latter will stay fresh for longer.

Asparagus should be stored like a bunch of flowers

Asparagus should be kept in a glass filled with water, as you would arrange a boquet of flowers. That way it will stay fresh for longer.

Broccoli and cauliflower love moisture

Broccoli is best stored by keeping the stem in fresh water and covering the upper part with a wet towel. The water should be changed regularly and the towel dampened often. Cauliflower should also be wrapped in a wet towel, or in plastic food wrapping with several holes punched in it for ventilation.

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