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How to store produce?

Why do i write this post now? Just like my recycling post this is yet another thought that's been sitting in my mind for way too long. The main reason behind this is " The better stored produce stays fresh longer" one less reason to throw away the produce"

General Guidelines:

  • While buying look for fresher, good and non-damaged produce. I already posted how to buy vegetable for few. This is no brainer. Good things stay fresh longer. 
  • Damaged vegetables cause molds to form easily and will turn all the vegetables / fruit bad. Remember 'One bad apple spoils the bunch'
  • Clean the refrigerator every time before reloading with the new produce.
  • Use a liner, paper towel, or thin cloth in the crisper draw to absorb any extra moisture.
  • Always store vegetables and fruits separately. The fruits ripen faster than vegetables.
Produce that don't need refrigeration:
  • Any type of potato, onion, garlic.
  • Avocado, oranges, banana's, pineapple, melons and fruits that are not ripe 
  • Tomatoes taste better when not refrigerated. But I do, because I buy in bulk and they ripens quickly when stored outside
  • Apart from produce - Bread, spices and flour
Tip: If stored on counter top or tiered basket, store them away from direct sunlight


For Vegetables:
  • Always wash veggies only before use. If washed and refrigerated there is a very high chance they grow molds (Yuck)
  • Always store vegetables in the crisper draw (Especially loose vegetables like carrot, bell peppers, zucchini, beans)
  • The first rack is little warmer than other so I always store cilantro, curry leaves and cling sheet wrapped watery veggies. 
  • Do not keep produce in covers and tied up. Again moisture is bad except for greens. . Although if the produces comes packed leave it like that. 
  • Store Greens like spinach and mint in opened plastic coves inside the crisper draw.
  • Store green chilli and ginger in a open container  (I use butter compartment ;) 


Half  cut/used Vegetables:

  • I always cut my veggies and store the rest in freezer. It works like a charm. I have it handy when needed and reduces the wastage. Below vegetables stay longer when cut and frozen
    • Ash gourd
    • Bitter gourd
    • Pumpkin
    • green chilli
    • okra / lady's finger
    • Bell peppers

  • If you dont freeze, here are some tips for storing diced veggies
    • Cauliflower - pieces Ziploc
    • spinach / mint/ greens - leaves separated and stored in open plastic bag in crisper draw.
    • onions - stored in air tight container

For fruits:

As mentioned before the fruits that need refrigeration must be stored separately from veggies.
Half used fruits like avocado, citrus and apples can be saran wrapped and stored.

Tips:
If you dont want to keep apples from browning, soak it in lemon water / salt water for few minutes and give it a quick rinse and box it. 

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