Ever wonder why your fruits and veggies don’t last too long, go soggy or grow mold before you had a chance to enjoy them?
One of the possibilities to extend the shelf life of produce is to store it properly – but which ones should be kept in the refrigerator and which ones last longer at room temperature? A good idea is to copy what grocery stores do as they of course want to be able to sell goods for as long as possible – so if they refrigerate items, you might as well do the same. If you are using a shopping list, you could bring a pen and label the refrigerated items on your list with “F” for fridge.
In addition, check out this little list provided by our friends at ROHTOPIA.COM, print it out (Horizontal Layout!) – right mouse click & “save as..” – and stick it onto your fridge as a neat reminder:
berries – blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries to name a few
herbs except for basil – in plastic bags or wrapped in moist paper towels
leafy greens – arugula, bok choy, lettuce, spinach,
mushrooms – in a paper bag
some nuts and seeds, especially pine nuts go rancid very quickly
spring onions / green onions
oils, especially flax seed oil and hemp oil – best is to even buy bottles that have been kept refrigerated at the store too
fresh salad dressings
apples – out of direct sunlight
avocado – unless you want to slow down the ripening process
bananas – they actually can also be refrigerated; their skin will turn brown but that does not matter. Just keep them away from other fruit & veg as they evaporate more ethylene gas than other produce (all fruit & veg create it, but bananas in much larger quantities) which lets everything around them ripen much faster. You can take advantage of that too, by placing a banana or an apple next to an unripe avocado for example to speed up its ripening process.
citrus fruit – grapefruit, lemons, limes, mandarins, oranges, pomelos etc
kiwis – unless they are really ripe, then refrigerate
nectarines – unless they are really ripe, then refrigerate
onions – they need air circulation and have to stay away from potatoes as the moisture lets them go bad faster
peaches – unless they are really ripe, then refrigerate
plums – unless they are really ripe, then refrigerate
watermelon – though nothing is better than a cool watermelon on a hot day!
PS – refrigerators use less power when they are full because less cold air escapes when you open the door.
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