12 Amazing kitchen storage tricks to keep fruits and vegetables fresh and delicious
How often do you tend to practice a proper and hygienic method of storing vegetables in your kitchen? Most people after purchasing veggies, will dump them in the fridge. Just because you have a state-of-the-art refrigerator, it doesn’t mean it will keep your veggies as fresh and clean as possible. Quite a number of fresh foods can spoil too. Here are some great new storage tricks to prevent spoiling and keeping foods fresh for longer.
1 Use tin foil to wrap celery
While plastic wrap is okay for a number of veggies; but the taste and consistency of celery on the other hand can be reduced. Before you refrigerate it, wrap your celery in tin foil instead. You can do the same for lettuce too.
2 Store potatoes in a dark area
Sunlight can make potatoes rot faster so avoid keeping them in such areas. Potatoes should be stored in an open wooden or plastic container and kept in dark places. This will keep them fresh longer.
3 Banana stems should be wrapped in plastic wrap
Don’t refrigerate bananas because they can get rotten even when stored in a fridge. Instead wrap the banana stalks with plastic food wrap and store them at room temperature. This will help them remain fresh for a longer period.
4 Never wash fruits and vegetables before storage
This is one major trick to keep food fresh for longer. You’ll be surprised to know that this is one rule which almost everyone has never followed all because you thought you were doing the right thing. While washing fruits and vegetables before consuming them is a must, washing before storage is not. The reason for this is that the fruits and veggies have a natural layer of protection against rot and mold. Washing removes this layer.
5 Store tomatoes with stalks facing up
The position of certain vegetables is equally important in retaining freshness. Tomatoes especially should be stored with stalks facing upwards, as they are the delicate part of the tomato. If the tomato is stored in the opposite position, the stalks can rot faster and spoil other food too.
6 Peeled vegetables should be stored in containers of water
Once you peel your vegetables, you should either cook them or store them placed under water. Potatoes and apples especially tend to blacken after peeling. Veggies after being peeled and stored can also spoil faster. Storing them in containers filled with water keeps them fresh. Try this with carrot and celery as well.
7 Fruits and veggies should be stored in dry areas
Even if you refrigerate veggies and fruits, moisture or a wet fridge can cause them to rot faster. Storing them in a paper towel prevents moisture from getting to them and helps preserve the food.
8 Not all fruits and vegetable should be stored in a refrigerator
Foods like cucumbers, bell peppers such as capsicum and tomatoes can rot faster when stored in a fridge. Tomatoes and cucumbers especially, can rot and get slimy. Store them at room temperature in a dry area. Moreover, if your fruits and vegetables aren’t ripe, do not place them in the fridge. They will spoil faster.
9 Store fruits and vegetables in the warm sections of a refrigerator
Those fruits and vegetables which should be refrigerated, place them in warmer sections of the fridge. Vegetable containers in the fridge are ideal as they are segregated from the cooler areas. When fruits and veggies are stored in cold areas, they tend to lose their flavor, aroma and also the fresh consistency.
10 Avoid storing certain vegetables together
Various fruits and vegetables like bananas, pears, mangoes, plums and melons release a substance called ethylene. The fruits and vegetable sensitive to this compound are apples, eggplant, watermelon, carrot, broccoli, pumpkin and potatoes. If these are all stored together, you can be sure they are going to rot faster. Thus, store them in separate sections of your fridge.
11 Asparagus should be stored in the same manner as flowers
When you store asparagus, place them upright in a glass of water. This will keep them fresh longer; parsley and coriander can also be stored in a similar manner.
12 Broccoli and cauliflower need moisture in storage
While there are a number of fruits which are adverse to moisture, broccoli and cauliflower on the other hand need a certain amount of moisture to remain fresh. Place broccoli upright in a container of water and keep the upper portion covered with a moist or damp towel. Always change the water and keep damping the towel frequently. You could wrap cauliflowers in a moist or damp towel and store accordingly. Following these tricks to keep food fresh longer will also save you time and money too.