We all are going through a tough time now. The government has put restrictions on going out every day which means we need to stock up on essential fruits and vegetables for us to last at least a week. Also, going out only once a week world keeps us safe from the deadly virus and helps to break the chain. Please wear masks when stepping out. Here are some tips on how to store fruits and vegetables for them to last 6-7 days.
- Potatoes and Onions: Store in a cool, dry space like maybe the top of the cupboard, etc. This will keep these veggies fresh for a long time and prevent it from rotting. Let them breathe. We can stay without other vegetables but not without these two.
- Tomatoes: Tomatoes are one of the most versatile vegetables out there, which can be used in any form, which means we buy them in plenty, don’t we? If the tomatoes are green, unripe ones you can store it in open. This way it will ripen and won’t rot. But if it’s the ripe red ones better to store it in the refrigerator and consume within 4 days. After that, it starts rotting.
- Grapes: One of my favorite fruits but it starts rotting after just 2 days. So, after various trial and error methods, I found out the correct way to store them. Wash the grapes and put them in a paper towel or pat dry and keep it in the refrigerator. Let them dry completely before storing it in the refrigerator.
- Bananas: A graceful fruit that can be used in almost any dessert be it cakes, waffles, pancakes, etc but gets spoilt very easily. The best way to store ripe bananas is to separate the bananas from the branch. This slows the ripening process. The best stay up to 5 days which means don’t buy in huge quantity. Ripe bananas can be frozen for baking. Also, remember while storing them in the fridge the skin turns black but the flesh will be fine. (Don’t throw them away without checking 😋)
- Leafy greens: My mother always kept on complaining of how the coriander gets wilted when stored in the fridge and gets rotten when stored outside. After researching a lot (🤣), I found out that the best way to store them is to wash them, wrap it in paper towel and store in a zip lock bag.
- Mushrooms: This is one vegetable that doesn’t need to be washed before storing it. After bringing them from the market, directly pop then in the refrigerator.
- Apples: Best stored separately in the fridge because it releases ethylene which will make other fruits or vegetables ripen faster (We don’t want that, do we?). They last up to 3 weeks in a refrigerator.
- Berries: Berries do not last long. They need to be consumed within 2-3 days. It’s best not to buy berries during this time. But, if anyhow you opt to buy them then wash the berries, put it in a paper towel, and place it in the freezer. This helps to keep the berries from sticking together. When the berries are hard, place berries into labeled freezer bags or containers.
- Root vegetables (pumpkin, yam, garlic, etc.): These vegetables should be kept in dry, dark cool places like the way we store potatoes and onions. Garlic, when kept in open, lasts for up to a month.
- Mangoes: Summers are here which means you’ll definitely buy mangoes (my favorite summer fruit😍). So the best way to store them (in case of ripe ones) is to place it in the fridge. if the mango is unripe and you want to fasten the ripening process then place the mango in a paper bag at room temperature.
Don’t store fruits and vegetables together. Many fruits like bananas and apples release ethylene which makes other fruits or vegetables to ripe faster. But on the plus side if you want any fruit to ripe faster than place them with the said fruits. Also, fruits and vegetables when stored at room temperature should not be kept in any packaging.
So these were the list of fruits and vegetables which are found everywhere and how they should be stored. These techniques to store fruits and vegetables will help you in increasing their storage period. Please maintain social distancing when you step out of the house. If you think we missed out on something do comment below.
This is a difficult time for everyone, particularly for the elderly who live alone. So while buying stuff for yourself do look out for them and buy them something or the other in small quantity or before heading out ask them if they need anything. That way they can give you a list along with the necessary cash (if they insist). And please look after the strays. They won’t survive if we don’t give them food.