So you just got back from the market with fresh fruits and vegetables, first thing you will need to do is sort out and separate all items. The most common mistake we make is thinking that the refrigerator solves all our storage problems just to discover days after that they have shrivelled, gotten rotten or gone limped. Much of the time, the main cause is the way we store them. To keep your produce fresher longer, remember:
Ethylene gas. This gas is produced naturally by fruits and vegetables in the ripening process, but excess of the gas can lead to spoilage.
Vegetables need to breathe. Puncture holes in the plastic bags you store them in to allow good air flow, or keep them in reusable net bags. Before storing, remove ties and rubber bands to create space in between for air circulation or they will spoil faster and also trim any leafy ends.
Fruits and vegetables should not be stored together. Don’t store them together or next to each other. Many fruits give off high level of ethylene gas, which acts like a ripening hormone and can speed spoilage which can affect surrounding vegetables.
Don’t wash/cut produce until you’re ready to use it. Washing or cutting fruits or vegetables before storing them makes them more likely to spoil, because dampness encourages growth of bacteria.
Other storage details
- Place leafy greens (Basil, Ugwu) in a glass jar or vase of water, just like you would a bouquet of flowers, then cover the top with plastic.
- Here is a trick, get old clean pantyhose, place the onions in the tie knots between each one to keep them separate. Hang from the ceiling at room temperature. Alternatively, onions can be stored like garlic at room temperature on a countertop but away from potatoes.
- Put your tomatoes in a bowl lined with a paper towel, the paper towel will absorb the excess moisture.
- Store your potatoes in a paper bag away from onions and apples.
Hope these tips help!
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