Knowing the right tips to keep your fruits and vegetables fresh is important, especially if you are one of those that that detests food wastage. Here are a number of ways that you can save cash and make your foods last longer.
To make your potatoes last long, store them with apples. Apples produce ethylene gas that can keep your potatoes fresh for more than eight weeks.
soak your sliced apples in salt water for them to last long. Sliced apples are a convenient snack or salad topper, but browned leftovers are in no way appealing to the taste buds.
Soak remaining slices in a bowl of cold salt water to prevent oxidation. You should however ensure that you don’t use more than ½ teaspoon of salt per quart of water, or you will end up tasting it in the fruit. After five minutes, dry and store your slices in the fridge in an airtight plastic bag.
Before you store your berries in the fridge, wash strawberries, raspberries, and other berries with a mix of vinegar and water.
This helps to disinfect against mold, which can then increase the shelf life by a couple of weeks. Then rinse with water and dry thoroughly.
Store leftover lettuce leaves in a bowl with a paper towel on top, then seal with plastic wrap. The towel absorbs moisture, which is what turns leaves soggy and brown. Replace the towel when it becomes damp.
You can also choose to sprinkle the leaves with a dash of salt, which also helps draw out extra wetness.
Avocado contains enzymes that produce a brown pigment when exposed to oxygen. To avoid wastage of this fruit, squirt it with lemon or lime juice. The citric acid will help prevent browning for at least a day.
You could also store avocado slices with large chunks of onion. The same gasses that make your eyes burn when you chop an onion also prevent oxidation in your avocado. As long as the onion touches only the skin of the avocado, there won’t be a noticeable flavour.
To avoid your carrots looking dried out, first chop off the leafy greens. Carrots do best with moisture, so put them in a container filled with water, seal with plastic wrap, and store in the refrigerator.
Alternatively, you can wrap them in bubble wrap before stashing in the fridge. It will allow just enough moisture to reach the carrots if you prefer not to soak them in water.
Store your onions in a pantyhose. The mesh-like material allows just enough air to reach the vegetable, which helps them stay fresh. Simply slip the onions into the nylons, tying a knot between each bulb.
To avoid foot odours, you can use a new or freshly-washed pantyhose.