Has this ever happened to you? You buy fresh fruits and vegetables and store them in your refrigerator only to find them a few days later looking rotten and shrivelled. Well, you are not alone. Many people in Brisbane are going through the same.
Here’s some useful storage advice that will keep your fruit and vegetable wholesale purchases in Brisbane fresher for a longer time:
Keep your refrigerator clean
Regularly cleaning your refrigerator may seem like a tedious task, but it will go a long way in ensuring that your fruits and vegetables will remain fresh for a longer time. Mould spores and leftover residue increase the chances of spoilage food in the fridge. In addition, a dirty refrigerator can become a breeding ground for potentially sickening bacteria that may cause food poisoning.
Separate ethylene-producing food
Some fruits and vegetables, such as apples, pears, peaches, honeydew, and plums release ethylene gas when stored. Fruits and vegetables such as bananas, broccoli, and lettuce are highly sensitive to this gas. This gas will cause them to ripen quickly and ultimately go bad over a short period.
Store these two types of food in separate spaces in your refrigerator. This will allow the ethylene-sensitive fruits and vegetables to stay fresh longer. In addition, you can get an ethylene absorber installed in your refrigerator to deal with this issue more effectively.
Know where and when to store your fruits and vegetables
Unripe fruits and vegetables such as peaches, pears, plums, mangoes, kiwis, melons, bananas, avocados, and apricots should be on the counter. Once they are ripe, move them into the refrigerator. Others such as onions, tomatoes, and potatoes should be in a cool and dry place, and not in the fridge. This is because the cold can compromise their flavour.
Do not unnecessarily cut open fruits or vegetables
Even with proper storage, a cut mango is going to go bad quickly than one that is not. If you are not going to eat a fruit or vegetable yet, then let it be. It will stay fresher for longer.
Keep in mind that food costs a lot and not everybody can comfortably afford it, so store them properly.