15 Tips to Keep Your Fruits and Veggies Fresher for Longer

We shares with you some helpful tips to make your groceries last and stay fresh and crisp much longer.

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Sometimes when you go to buy groceries, you get too excited and throw a little bit of everything in your cart. Fruits and vegetables continue to mature and, unfortunately, you end up throwing away a lot of what you bought because it’s no longer able to be consumed.

Proper food storage can save you money and prevent your fruits and vegetables from decaying quickly. It’s important that you take into account the climate of the place where you live, because this can also affect the maturation of food. The more humid and hot the place is, the more risky it is for some vegetables.

Unrefrigerated

1. Wrap the stems of bananas with plastic or aluminum foil

15 Tips to Keep Your Fruits and Veggies Fresher for Longer

  • It will keep them fresh for 4-5 days.

2. Place the onions in nylon stockings, twisting or tying knots between each of them so that they are separated.

15 Tips to Keep Your Fruits and Veggies Fresher for Longer

  • Their storage period can be extended by up to 6-8 months.

3. Garlic likes dark places with low humidity.

15 Tips to Keep Your Fruits and Veggies Fresher for Longer

  • If you keep the garlic bulbs intact they can last up to 2 months. If you separate the cloves, their storage time is shortened to 3 to 10 days.

4. Parsley, cilantro, basil, and asparagus: place the stems in a container with water and leave them at room temperature (without washing them).

15 Tips to Keep Your Fruits and Veggies Fresher for Longer

  • In good condition, they can last from 4 to 5 days.

5. Keep potatoes in a dark and cool place.

15 Tips to Keep Your Fruits and Veggies Fresher for Longer

  • Properly stored, raw potatoes will last for 1 to 2 weeks.

6. If the avocados are not ripe, cover them with newspaper and put them in a paper bag.

15 Tips to Keep Your Fruits and Veggies Fresher for Longer

  • With bag: they take 3 to 5 days to mature
  • Without a bag: they take up to 7 days
  • Bag and banana: 2-3 days

7. Tomatoes should be stored at a temperature higher than 50ºF to better preserve their flavor.

15 Tips to Keep Your Fruits and Veggies Fresher for Longer

  • Their storage time can vary from 3 weeks to 2 months, depending on how ripe they are when they are purchased.

Refrigerated

1. Place mushrooms (unwashed) in a paper bag with parsley.

15 Tips to Keep Your Fruits and Veggies Fresher for Longer

  • Storage time: 3 to 5 days

2. Disinfect your strawberries with white vinegar without removing the stem.

15 Tips to Keep Your Fruits and Veggies Fresher for Longer

  • In the refrigerator: they can last from 5 to 6 days
  • In the freezer: from 2 to 4 months

3. Wrap lettuce, spinach, or collards (after disinfecting) to keep them fresh.

15 Tips to Keep Your Fruits and Veggies Fresher for Longer

  • If you store them properly, they will last from 1 to 2 weeks in good condition.

4. If you already cut a lemon, don’t let the other half go to waste. Wrap it in aluminum foil or sprinkle it with salt.

15 Tips to Keep Your Fruits and Veggies Fresher for Longer

  • Whole: up to 2 weeks
  • Half: up to 3 days, without changing its color or taste

5. Don’t let the avocado oxidize after splitting it

15 Tips to Keep Your Fruits and Veggies Fresher for Longer

  • It will retain its color for 1 to 2 days.

6. To preserve peeled potatoes, put them in a container with water and white vinegar.

15 Tips to Keep Your Fruits and Veggies Fresher for Longer

  • Storage time: 3 to 4 days

7. If bananas are already very ripe, you can put them in the freezer to use them in smoothies

15 Tips to Keep Your Fruits and Veggies Fresher for LongerTo keep ripe bananas in good condition, remove the peel, cut them in half, and place them in an airtight bag. Then put them in the freezer.

  • They can last for 2 to 3 months.

8. Make cubes full of flavor with cilantro, parsley, basil, or any other herb or edible plant.

15 Tips to Keep Your Fruits and Veggies Fresher for LongerThis is a great way to use your freezer to preserve herbs. Finely chop the herbs or plants you want to use and pack the wells of ice cube trays with them. Add melted butter (let it cool before freezing) or extra virgin olive oil.

  • Storage time: from 2 weeks to one month

Bonus: The importance of color

15 Tips to Keep Your Fruits and Veggies Fresher for LongerThe World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that we consume about 400g of fruits and vegetables daily. It’s important that the consumption of these foods be varied because they provide the body with nutrients that help prevent diseases.

The colors of the fruits and vegetables indicate specific properties:

  • Green: provides vitamins A, C, K, folic acid, magnesium, calcium, fiber, and chlorophyll. Thanks to its nutrients it improves the functioning of the liver, accelerates our metabolism, and promotes digestion, preventing constipation.
  • Red and purple: prevents cardiovascular diseases and has lycopene, which reduces the risk of cancer and diabetes, in addition to strengthening the immune system. They have a high content of antioxidants and fight memory loss.
  • Orange and yellow: contains a lot of vitamin C. They improve the skin, prevent eyesight problems, and prevent some diseases like the flu and cancer.
  • White: contains minerals like selenium and improves the immune system. Prevents fluid retention and protects the muscles.

How do you preserve your fruits and vegetables? What tip would you add to the list? Tell us in the comments.

Source: Brightside

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