It is always sad seeing the fruits you spent your hard earned money on go to waste, simply because you couldn’t preserve them well enough. Don’t live with the guilt over waste of fruits, follow these smart tricks to enjoy your foods longer.
Lemons: Avoid cutting in half
If you need just a squeeze of citrus juice for your recipe or drink, it is best to puncture a whole lemon with a fork or skewer instead of cutting it in half. That way, you can squeeze out what you need without drying out the entire lemon.
Onions: Wrap in pantyhose
The mesh-like material of pantyhoses allows just enough air to reach the onions, which helps them stay fresh. Simply slip the onions into the nylons, tying a knot between each bulb. Use a new pair of pantyhose to avoid any foot odours in your next stew.
Berries: Rinse with vinegar
Before you store berries in your refrigerator, wash them them in the fridge, wash them with a mix of vinegar and water (a 1:3 ratio). This disinfects against mould, which can lengthen shelf life by weeks. Afterwards, rinse with water and dry thoroughly.
Lettuce: Store With Tissue Papers
Did you buy more lettuce or prepared more than you need for salad? Store leftover leaves in a bowl with a tissue papers on top, then seal with plastic wrap.
The tissue paper absorbs moisture, which is what turns leaves soggy and brown. Replace the tissues when it becomes damp. You can also sprinkle the leaves with a dash of salt, which also helps draw out extra wetness.
Avocado: Squirt with lemon
Avocado contains enzymes that produce a brown pigment when exposed to oxygen, which is why the minute you half an avocado fruit, it looks unappealing once you store it.
To avoid this, 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 slice onions 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.
Carrots: Store with water
To avoid that dried-out look old carrots tend to get, first cut off the leafy greens if you bought your carrots whole. Carrots do best with moisture, so put them in a container filled with water, seal with plastic wrap, and store in the refrigerator.