Kitchen Hacks 101: How to Keep Your Fruits and Vegetables Fresh For Longer

Kitchen Hacks 101: How to Keep Your Fruits and Vegetables Fresh For Longer

We've all been there – you've just come home from a grocery haul, your fridge is brimming with beautiful, colourful produce, and you're ready to cook up a storm. But before you've even had the chance to put that zucchini to good use, it's turned all shriveled while your apples have gone from crisp to mealy. Fear not, we've got the perfect arsenal of tips and tricks to help you keep your fruits and vegetables fresh for longer. Let's dive into these hacks that will revolutionize your produce storage game!

1. Ethylene-emitting Fruits - Keep Them Separate

Ethylene is a natural gas produced by some fruits, such as bananas, avocados, and tomatoes. It speeds up the ripening process, which can be disastrous for other produce nearby. The trick here is to keep these ethylene-emitting fruits separate from the rest. You can even use them to your advantage – if you need to speed up the ripening process of an avocado or peach, just pop it in a paper bag with an apple or banana, and nature will do its thing.

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2. Berries - Vinegar Bath

Berries are notorious for molding within a few days of purchase. The trick to extending their shelf life is a quick vinegar bath. Mix one part vinegar with three parts water and give your berries a bath. The vinegar helps to kill any mold spores on the fruit's surface. Rinse them thoroughly after their vinegar bath, and store them in a breathable container in the fridge.

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3. Herbs - Treat Like Flowers

When it comes to herbs, think bouquets of flowers. Just as you would with a beautiful bunch of roses, trim the ends of your herbs and pop them into a jar of water. Cover the leaves loosely with a plastic bag, and store them in the refrigerator. This will keep your herbs hydrated and fresh for a surprisingly long time. 

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4. Leafy Greens - Paper Towel Trick

A quick trick to keeping your leafy greens crisp and fresh is to wrap them in a paper towel before storing them in the fridge. The paper towel absorbs excess moisture, preventing your greens from getting soggy and wilted. Don’t forget to place them in a breathable bag or container for optimal freshness.

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5. Root Vegetables - Cool, Dark, Dry Place

Root vegetables like potatoes, onions, and garlic prefer a cool, dark, and dry place. These conditions mimic the underground environment where they grow best. Keep them away from sunlight in a well-ventilated area. One thing to note: don't store your onions and potatoes together – they make each other spoil faster. 

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Remember, every fruit and veg is different. They’ve all grown in different ways so it makes sense that there are different ways to keep them fresh too. By understanding and catering to these facts, you can significantly extend the freshness and vitality of your produce.