The Absolute Best Ways To Storing Foods for Longer And Keeping Them Fresh
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Sometimes it’s hard to keep a lot of fresh fruits and veggies in the house—they always seem to go bad before you can eat them. What a waste! We have some tips for you here on how to store foods for longer.
Instead of going to the grocery store every day for a new batch, keep this list on bookmark so you can refer back on have your fruits and vegetables so that they last a little bit longer.
Why Do Some Fruits Rot Before Others?
The culprit to rotting food is a colorless, odorless gas called ethylene. It helps ripen fruits, but the ripening process is simply an “aging” process.
Some foods produce more of the gas, like pears and apples. You’ve probably heard about keeping bananas in a bag to ripen; this is because the bag helps trap the ethylene inside.
Fruits that are damaged also release more ethylene, which can ripen and spoil the other fruits faster. That saying, “One bad apple spoils the whole bunch” is completely true!
How To Store Foods For Longer
Based on the science of ethylene, there are certain places you can keep your food to make them last longer.
Never wash food before storing—you should only wash right before use. This eliminates the possibility of mold.
In The Fridge
Other foods should be stored in the fridge, but in different ways.
Only store these in fridge after they are slightly ripened:
Store fresh herbs and asparagus in water (just like in the grocery store!).
Mushrooms and okra work great in paper bags as it prevents light.
Wrapped these in non-bleached kitchen paper towels to absorb moisture and place them in plastic bags before putting them away in the fridge:
Store in Single Layer
Berries should be stored in a single layer, if possible. This prevents the juice from spoiling other berries.
On the Counter
These should be kept at room temperature and avoid sunlight. Only put fruit in the sun, or in the warmest part of your house, if you want them to ripen faster.
Moving them around the counter can also help so they’re not resting in one place.
In a Cool, Dark Place
Any sort of root or squash veggies should be stored in a dark place:
Never store onions with potatoes due to ethylene.
Let us know how you go with these tips!
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What does it mean to store it in a “single layer”?
It means not to stack the food.