Food storage is an essential part of preventing wastage and proper storage of foods can ensure that you get the best value for your money. While some foods shouldn’t be stored together, others require a specific temperature to stay at their optimum best. Pay attention to how you store these five foods and you can save much more than money.
Ripen Avocados Next To Bananas
Since avocados can be pricey, it’s important to store them correctly. If your avocados are under-ripe, store them next to bananas. The gasses released from the bananas promote ripening.
If you need to extend the life of an avocado, store it in the refrigerator. It will slow the ripening process significantly. You can also store a cut avocado with the seed intact in an airtight container along with a sliver of a onion.
Tomatoes Hate The Fridge
A freshly picked garden tomato is undeniably delicious, but too much time in the fridge can make it mushy and bland-tasting.
Tomatoes can be stored in the fridge for two or three days but once you cut into it any unused tomato or any fruit and veggie should be placed back in the fridge to slow down the growth of harmful bacteria. However, tomatoes kept at room temperature have more flavour. So, if you can, store them on the countertop.
Separate Your Apples and Oranges
Apples and oranges are fruits that shouldn’t be stored together. Sometimes, we can’t just all get along. Fruits give off a gas called ethylene, the ripening agent that will lead to faster spoilage of the produce around it.
Store apples in the fridge if you want to extend their shelf life. Oranges stored in the fridge (away from apples) should be placed in a mesh bag so that air can circulate around them. Plastic bags will only make oranges become moldy.
Break The Bananas
Banana hooks may show off bananas in their best light but the problem is, they will all ripen the same time, which means you’re either eating bananas for two days straight or thrashing the ones that have become Rotten.
The best solution to this is to break up the bunch. Keep some in the fruit bowl on the counter to ripen and store others bananas in the refrigerator to delay the ripening process. If you have lots of spotted bananas, use them in banana bread or toss them in the freezer to make banana “ice cream.”
Separate Onions and Potatoes
Fried potatoes and onions are a delicious combination but they should never be stored together before you cook them as the onions will cause the potatoes to go bad. It’s best to store items like potatoes and squash in an open-air wicker basket in a cool, dark place to preserve freshness.
They can also be stored in paper bags, but be sure they are in a container where moisture or condensation can’t build up, which would make them soften and go bad faster. Garlic can be stored with onions without a fear of ripening or spoilage. Just store them in a well-ventilated space, and keep the paper-like skin of the garlic intact until use.