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Storing fruit and vegetables

Since there is spring coming, and after that the summer there are plenty of things which will need improvement in your home. Storing fruit and vegetables- this is what we pondered when thought about food in the spring and summer. Good storing of fruit and vegetables could sound easy to accomplish, but there are some fine points which need to be considered when dealing with this occasion.

First steps
If you are a new home or a beginner in taking care of yourself you would probably have some thinking about food storing. The right ways aren’t always the easiest. No one says there could not be mastered to high level though. And there are some ground rules, which could help you in this endeavor.

The rules!
First of all: do not store fruit and vegetables at one place, next to one another or even close to one another at all. There are fruit that could give off high levels of ethylene (that’s ripening agent). This could ripen and spoil surrounding vegetables (if there are such).

Steps for the veggie storing
Before storing vegetables, you should remove ties and rubber bands off them. Then go on and trim any leafy ends, if they have such. In case you do not want the vegetable to dry out, leave an inch from it. If you happen to store the vegetables in a bag, you should provide some holes punctured into  the bag. This way you will allow the flowing of good air. When packing the veggies in the refrigerator, pack them loosely.

If you will be away from home for some days you should know that the rotting process depends also of how closer the veggies are to one another. Vegetables with more leafy and green parts could be washed before storing. For this occasion soak them into a sink full of water. If there are any soft herbs and mushrooms around, you should not be washing them until right before they are used. That’s a rule!

Going serious with the fruit
If you think vegetables need too much attention to be stored properly, you will be surprised by the need of the fruit. For example: If you left some of these : out in the countertop non-cherry stone fruits, melons, apples, mangoes, avocados, tomatoes, and pears, they will continue to ripen. Nevertheless fruit like bell peppers, grapes, all citrus, and berries will only deteriorate. That is why they should be refrigerated. Some of the fruit that ripen very fast are bananas in particular. Have in mind that you do not leave them nearby any other fruit or vegetables. If you do this they will speed up the ripening of those fruits and veggies.

Think smart
You should think smart. This comes before storing any kind of fruit and vegetables and leave them for a while in the refrigerator. Why? Because each and every fruit or veggie has it’s own freshness expectancy, even though put in a fridge. There is a short list of different kinds of fruit and veggies and the quantity of days while they could be fresh in your fridge.

Keep them in the refrigerator for 3 weeks. Not more than that.

Put them into the refrigerator for 5 days. That is the max you could get of them.
There is a tip: If for some reason you need them ripen, keep them at room temperature in a paper bag. Do this until they go soft and fragrant.

Artichokes could stay on the fridge up to 1 week. After that it will not be good as it has to be for consuming.

Put the Asparagus in the fridge for 3 days max. If you want some advice trim the ends before wrapping the spears. Do that wrapping in a damp paper towel. After that put the thing into a plastic bag.

Avocados are so cool and we love them. But they are also tricky ones to be stored. The thing about them: no more than three days. That’s all if you want them to be perfect for consuming.¬†If you need them to put them into a paper bag in a room temperature until they are as soft as you want them.

You could store them in the fridge for five days out of the fridge. But if you would like to have them stored for any kinds of cakes or desserts, put them into frozen mode. Their skin could go black, but the flesh of the fruit will be

Beets can last in the fridge up to 3 weeks. If you need their leaves fresh, separate them from the whole and store them in a plastic bag. This will keep them fresh for three days.

The good-old Blackberries are a favorite to many of us. But keeping them fresh needs a attention. In order to keep them good for 2 days, spread a single layer on a paper towel-lined plate. If there are any of the berries with damage or any other kind of moldy ones, remove them. This way you will keep the good ones from spoiling.

Blueberries can reach about one week fresh. For this to happen you should discard the damaged ones or moldy. Make this before storing them in the fridge.

Broccoli can last in the fridge for one week.

The Brussels sprouts are tough ones and can last up to a week s well. But in the fridge!

Green and red cabbage could be fresh and ready to be used in the fridge for about 2 weeks.

The good-old Carrots are tough ones and can last for 2 weeks in the fridge.

Cauliflower is a survivor, but just for a week max, and in the fridge.

Celery will be fresh in the refrigerator for about two weeks

The lovable Cherries are going to be fresh and sweet in the fridge for 3 days maximum. When putting them in the refrigerator, place them in a bowl or an open bag.

Cucumbers are a favorite ti us and we keep them fresh up to 5 days in the fridge.

Eggplant stays fresh for 5 days if you put it in the fridge.

Garlic seems a tough one, and it is! It can stay good for consuming up to 2 months. But it should be placed where there is circulating air.

Grapefruit could lat for a week on your countertop and for three weeks in the fridge.

Grapes are some of the best desserts. Nevertheless it could be save in best condition only for 3 days in the fridge. Put into a plastic ventilated bag or a bowl it could stay fresh for a week as well.

You can keep the Kiwis fresh for about 4 days in your fridge. After that- game over.

Loaded with vitamin C, Lemons could last up to 3 weeks in the fridge.

Put under consideration the long-term storing of Lettuce, bagged and in clamshells. No matter what the case is, you should consume them very soon after having them.

Lettuce, head- it can stay in the fridge for 5 days. The “iceberg” king is a tougher one and can last for about 2 weeks.


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