It’s no secret that fruits are a healthy addition to any diet, but sometimes they can be difficult to keep fresh. Here are some storage tips on how to keep your favourite fruits tasting delicious all week long and preserve extra fruits for months! Let’s get fruity!
Many people believe that storing fruits in the fridge is the best way to keep them fresh, but this is not always the case. In fact, some fruits and vegetables are actually best kept at room temperature away from direct sunlight. This is because refrigeration can cause cold damage or prevent them from ripening.
- Citrus Fruits
Most people know that ripening fruits emits ethylene gas. What you may not know is that this gas is actually produced by the fruit itself as it ripens. When fruits are picked before they're fully ripe, they can continue to ripen if they're placed in a bag with other ripe fruits. The ethylene gas produced by the ripe fruits will speed up the ripening process of the unripe fruits. This is why you often see bananas and avocados placed together in store displays - the bananas help ripen the avocados!
If you want to speed up the ripening process at home, you can place unripe fruits in a paper or perforated plastic bag with one or two ripe fruits. Set the bag on the counter and check it daily. Once the unripe fruits have reached the desired level of ripeness, transfer them to the refrigerator for use within 1-3 days. Always make sure these fruits are ripe before placing them into the refrigerator.
There are some fruits that stay fresh the longest when stored in the drawer of the refrigerator. For these fruits placing them in a perforated plastic bag allows the ethylene gas to escape, slowing down the ripening process, while the cool temperature of the fridge prevents the fruit from over-ripening.
- Asian Pears
- Any cut fruits
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