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How to keep your fruit and veggies fresher for longer


If you are constantly finding limp lettuce, wilted herbs and soft carrots at the bottom of your fridge, then I have some handy tips to make your fruit and veggies last longer. Not only will they reduce food waste but they will save you your hard earnt cash and keep the fridge a whole lot cleaner too!

Top tips to prevent food wastage

Fruit

Separate fruit from veg. Fruit emits a gas called ethylene some fruits more than others e.g. apples, bananas, avocados, melons, mangoes, plums and tomatoes. If you store fruit with your veg, the fruit will speed up the ripening process and speed spoilage time of your veg. If you want to ripen an avocado faster for example place it in a bowl with bananas.

- Keep lemons, oranges and apples in the fridge they will last weeks longer.

Store apples in zip-lock bags in the fridge away from other foods. – Apples produce high amounts of the gas that can ripen other fruit faster.

- Don’t was cherries prior to storing in the fridge. Cherries last longer if you wash them just before eating. If you wash them and then store them in the fridge, water residue can collect around the stalk and cause the fruit to spoil faster.

- Keep your bananas in a bunch and twist a little bit of aluminium foil or glad wrap to the stem to slow the ripening process.

Vegetables

- Place a paper towel at the bottom of the crisper to absorb moisture and keep veggies crisper for longer.

- Keep vegetables such as broccolini in deep containers of water – which will help save hundreds a year and keep veggies fresh for over 2/3 weeks. This works particularly well for chopped veggies such as carrot and celery sticks, keeping them crunchier and fresher for longer.

- You can also revitalise your greens by plunging them in cold water and then spin them dry to remove excess water.

- Keep herbs in a vase/glass of water. Keep the herbs in the plastic sleeve to protect the herbs and cut off the bottom of the plastic and store in water in the fridge. This will keep your herbs fresher for weeks longer and will prevent soggy wilted herbs at the bottom of your fridge.

- Cut the ends off the asparagus an store in water (Like you would cut flowers) – keep in fridge.

- Store potatoes in a cool dark place to prevent them from turning green. Take the potatoes out of plastic bags and store in cloth or a basket. Keep an apple with them to prevent sprouting. The apple gives off a gas which increases the natural sugars in the potato and slows sprouting. (Apples with anything else may increase ripening).

Storing left overs and other foods

- Keep cooked left overs away from raw products to reduce the risk of cross-contamination

- Anything purchased from the deli should be put in a sealed tight container, this prevents cross-contamination as well.

- Keep in airtight containers.

- Keep milk and eggs in the fridge rather than the fridge door. Opening the door of the fridge will affect temperature.

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