How to keep berries, fruits, and vegetables fresh for as long as possible

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What is important to consider
To start with a little chemistry lesson. Ethylene is an odorless and colorless gas that helps some fruits ripen. In some fruits, there is a lot of it (for example, apples and pears), and in some it is negligible.

Fruits containing a large amount of ethylene:

They should not be stored with other fruits and vegetables. Unless you want them to quickly complete.

For example, if you put a banana in a paper bag, it will ripen faster, as ethylene will be trapped in paper. Or you can put an apple or a pear with a banana.

It is also worth considering the fact that ethylene leaves the damaged fetus faster. As a result, one cracked apple can make the whole package deteriorate faster than usual.

What and where to store
After going to the market or to the store, you need to put what you bought in the right place. Otherwise, all efforts and money will be wasted.

In the refrigerator are stored:

  • Artichokes
  • Beet
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Melon
  • Celery
  • Cherry
  • Grape
  • Green bean
  • Lima beans
  • Leafy vegetables
  • Leek
  • Okra
  • Spinach
  • Sprouts
  • Zucchini

For storage in the refrigerator, you have three options: store without a bag, in a plastic bag, or in a paper bag. A plastic bag holds moisture inside, so it’s better not to tighten it tightly or to make a few holes.

It is advisable not to wash vegetables and fruits before sending them to the refrigerator. If you washed them, dry them well, otherwise mold may appear, and this is not very good for other products and your health.

After ripening is stored:

  • Avocado
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Kiwi

Store in water:

  • asparagus
  • greenery

You need to store it as if you were storing flowers: cut off the ends and put it in a glass with a small amount of water.

Store in a paper bag:

Do not wash and store in a plastic bag:

  • Broccoli
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn
  • Cranberry
  • Chives
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Radish

Do not wash and store, laying in one layer:

  • Blackberry
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberry
  • Raspberry

The listed berries can not be washed and put a large number in one tray. The berries are very tender, and their skin is also soft. When washing, you damage them, juice flows out and they simply turn sour. If you store them in small trays in one layer, they will last much longer.

Stored on the kitchen table:

The listed vegetables and fruits are not advisable to put in direct sunlight or next to the stove. From time to time, you need to shift them from place to place, so that the fetus does not lie on the same side for a long time. This is especially true for tomatoes.

Store in a cool dark place:

No wonder cellars are so popular in villages. After all, it’s in them all winter not only pickles and preserves are stored, but also potatoes, onions, pumpkin, and garlic.


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