We all waste food; and in most of the cases, it is a slight negligence from our part that causes this wastage. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, around 1.3 billion tones of food hits the trash annually. While we cannot prevent the waste due to natural causes, exercising subtle precautions and taking preventive measures would help in lowering the incidences of fruits and vegetables wastage. Check out these simple, but effective hacks to keep your fruits and veggies fresher for longer time!
1. Keep You Fridge Clean
Unintentional spilling, leftover molding, and rotting herbs and leafy greens that remain hidden in that cold corner of your refrigerator could cut short the life of other fruits and veggies. The more the rotten produce in your fridge is, the faster the fresh produce will become spoiled.
Also ensure that your fridge is not too crowded. It is essential to leave enough space so that air circulation is intact. Crowded refrigerators are the storehouses of ethylene, which accelerates the decaying process.
Follow the rules while storing the fruits and veggies in the fridge. Ensure that the temperature is sufficiently cool.
Last, but not the least, it is advisable to wipe and clean the fridge twice a week to eliminate any and all unwanted moisture and stored items.
2. Do Not Keep The Veggies And Fruits Near Direct Heat And Sunlight
Keep your fruits and veggies away from all types of heat sources, including ovens, stoves, and toasters. These heat sources promote ripening, thereby setting the stage for faster decline. It is also essential to store the produce away from direct sunlight for long lasting freshness.
3. Keep The Produce As Such Until You Use
Keep the produce intact to delay spoilage and keep the nutrients in place. When the cut portion interacts with the air, the pace of spoiling hastens. Plus, you might also end up eating stuffs that hardly contain any nutrients.
4. Refrigerate Your Produce After Washing And Drying
Prepare a veggie and fruit wash by dissolving 1 tsp vinegar in 10 tsp water. Washing the veggies in this solution will eliminate the leftover pesticides while offering them an additional resistance to the molds. Rinse the vinegar-washed produce with clean water and dry them thoroughly before packing them into paper bags and storing them.
5. Store Your Greens Packed
Dry the greens and pack them into large airtight containers lined with food-grade paper towels. The paper towels will absorb the excess moisture, keeping the greens crisp and fresh. Change the paper towels as and when they soak up.
6. Pair Your Veggies And Fruits Right
There is a rule for pairing. Follow that rule. Never refrigerate onions, potatoes, garlic, eggplant, pineapple, and apples. While storing them on the counter top, keep them separate as onions and garlic have pungent smell. You can easily store apples and potatoes together as apple prevent the potatoes from sprouting, thereby keeping their freshness intact.
Keep the bananas separate as they are known to emit high quantities of ethylene, promoting faster decay.
7. Eliminate The Spoiled Member
Cleaning the junk is essential as even a single piece of rotten vegetable or fruit could spoil the entire lot. Thrash the rotten member, wash the rest of the produce, dry thoroughly and then store the lot.
8. Sprinkle Lemon Juice Or Citric Acid
Citric acid has the potential to prevent oxidization. So squeeze lemon juice or sprinkle citric acid over the vegetables and fruits to keep them fresh. Swirl in one teaspoon lemon juice in one cup water and soak the cut fruits or veggies for 3 minutes. Rinse, drain, and store for fresher fruits.
9. Soak Up In Honey
This is also a good way to store sliced fruits. Soak the fruit slices in a solution made by mixing 2 tbsp honey in 1 cup water. This solution deactivates the browning enzymes, giving your fruit slices a longer life.
10. Store Your Fresh Herbs In Olive Oil
Fill up your ice tray with olive oil and soak your herbs in them before you freezer for fresher and tastier herbs.
These were some of the simple hacks I use! What do you do?