How to Keep Your Fruits and Vegetables Fresh

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One of the main problems that all of us face is keeping our fruits and vegetables fresh for a longer period. In our country, we waste a huge amount of fruits and vegetables due to improper storage techniques and lack of knowledge on how to store them properly. This infographic below helps you to understand how to store the food, how long they stay fresh and where to store them.

Keep in mind these guidelines are merely an indication designed to get the most value from the food that you buy rather than extending the lifespan of some of the foods.

We hope these are helpful for you when planning your meals.

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Fruits

Fruit

Where

Length of Time

Prep

Apples

Refrigerator shelf

3 weeks

Unwrapped

Avocados

Countertop to ripen

Refrigerator shelf when ripe

4 days once ripe

Unwrapped

Avocados (halved)

Refrigerator shelf

1 day

Squeeze lemon juice on flesh

Wrap in plastic

Bananas

Countertop

3 days once ripe

Unwrapped

Bananas (halved)

Refrigerator shelf

1 to 2 days

Keep peel on

Wrap open end in foil

Berries

Refrigerator drawer

3 to 5 days

Uncovered

Vented container

Citruses

Refrigerator shelf

2 weeks

Unwrapped

Citruses (halved)

Refrigerator shelf

2 to 3 days

Wrap in plastic

Grapes

Refrigerator drawer

1 to 2 weeks

Perforated plastic bag

Melons

Countertop

5 days once ripe

Unwrapped

Melons (halved)

Refrigerator shelf

7 to 10 days

Wrap in plastic

Peaches/Plums

Countertop to ripen

Refrigerator shelf when ripe

5 days once ripe

Unwrapped

Pears

Countertop

4 days once ripe

Unwrapped

Tomatoes

Countertop

5 days

Unwrapped or in a vented container

Vegetables

Vegetables

Where

Length of Time

Prep

Asparagus

Refrigerator shelf

4 days

Stems in water

Lightly cover in plastic

Beets

Countertop to ripen

Refrigerator shelf when ripe

2 weeks

Plastic bag

Bell Peppers (Capsicum)

Refrigerator shelf

1 week

Plastic bag

Broccoli

Refrigerator drawer

5 days

Wrap in plastic

Cabbage

Refrigerator drawer

2 weeks

Wrap in plastic

Carrots

Refrigerator drawer

3 weeks

Plastic bag

Cauliflower

Refrigerator drawer

5 days

Wrap in plastic

Celeries

Refrigerator drawer

2 weeks

Wrap in foil

Cucumbers

Refrigerator drawer

1 week

Wrap in plastic

Dark leafy greens

Refrigerator drawer

1 week

Plastic bag with dry paper towel

Garlic

Dark pantry

2 months

Unwrapped whole

Ginger

Refrigerator shelf

1 month

Unwrapped

Ginger (cut)

Refrigerator drawer

1 to 2 weeks

Plastic bag with dry paper towel

Green beans

Refrigerator drawer

1 weeks

Plastic bag with dry paper towel

Head of lettuce

Refrigerator drawer

5 days

Plastic bag with dry paper towel

Mushrooms

Refrigerator shelf

3 days

Paper bag

Onions

Dark pantry

1 to 2 months

Unwrapped

Onions (halved)

Refrigerator drawer

3 to 5 days

Sealed plastic bag

Parsnips

Refrigerator drawer

2 weeks

Plastic bag

Potatoes

Dark pantry

1 to 2 months

Paper bag

Radishes

Refrigerator shelf

2 weeks

Plastic bag with dry paper towel

Salad greens

Refrigerator drawer

10 days

Large plastic container

Layer with dry paper towel

Summer squash

Refrigerator shelf

5 days

Plastic bag

Sweet potatoes

Dark pantry

2 weeks

Paper bag

Winter squash

Dark pantry

1 month

Unwrapped

Winter squash (halved)

Refrigerator drawer

2 to 3 weeks

Wrap in foil

Meat, Fish and Eggs

Where

Eggs

Store in their original carton

Meats/Poultry

Keep in original package (use within 2 days)

Wrap in foil and freeze (more than 2 days)

Fish

Keep in a bag on top of a bowl of ice (consume as soon as possible)

Or

Freeze

Or

Broil and store in fridge

Bread and Cereal Products

Where

Bread

Kitchen counter in tightly sealed bag or container (storing in the refrigerator makes it spoil more quickly)

Cereal

Airtight container (after opening)

Dairy products and cheese

Where         

Prep

Cheese

Refrigerator

Wrap securely in wax paper. (Wax paper allows the cheese to breathe without letting in excess moisture or odors from the fridge)

Milk

Main part of the fridge

Butter

Refrigerator in original packaging

Freezer in airtight container (up to 6 months)

Additional tips for keep food fresh

Cover the crown (where the stems meet) of a banana in plastic wrap.

Store potatoes with an apple to prevent sprouting.

Restore crisp texture of wilted greens by soaking in ice water.

To make cottage cheese or sour cream last longer, place the container upside down in the fridge.

If you only need a little lemon juice, make a small hole with a fork and squeeze what you need.

Store the tomatoes side down on a flat surface to keep them fresh for up to a week.

After you purchase flour from the store, freeze for several days to kill weevils and insect eggs.

Check the freshness of an egg by placing them in water. Fresh eggs sink while the bad ones float.

Wash fresh strawberries, raspberries and other berries in a diluted vinegar bath to elongate their shelf life by days or even weeks. Mix 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water.

Rub butter on cut parts of hard cheeses to prevent them from drying out.

 

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