Produce is described as agricultural products, typically fruits and vegetables, that are harvested and sold. If you want to ensure that you consume all of that nutritious food before it spoils, it helps to understand how long it will last and where to keep it for the best shelf life.
Generally speaking, greens will keep their freshness for around three days, although some fruits can keep their freshness for up to seven days. If kept in the refrigerator, produce can last for up to a month.
To make them survive longer, though, you will need to be aware of some of the most effective storage methods available.
Here are some of the tops and tricks that may be useful to keep your produce fresh.
#1 Separate gassy produce from the rest.
The ripening process is triggered by the production of ethylene, a gas produced by certain fruits and vegetables. Ethylene is the name given to this gas, which contains carbon-carbon double bonds. Furthermore, it can cause premature ripening in some items while actually causing damage in others. As a result, if you want to ripen anything rapidly, store it with your gassy produce group. However, if you’re aiming to extend the shelf life of your produce, it’s best to keep them as separated as possible.
#2 Store ripe fruit inside the fridge.
The majority of fruits do best when stored in a cool, dry environment, such as on a countertop away from direct sunshine and heat. Humidity, on the other hand, might accelerate the ripening process. Thus, once the fruit is ripe, it is best to store it in the refrigerator.
#3 Avoid wrapping your produce in plastic.
Contrary to popular perception, crops also require adequate air circulation. Plastic bags encourage the growth of moisture and accelerate the degradation process. Therefore, putting your store-bought vegetables in airtight plastic bags with no breathing space is not the ideal way to care for them.
However, some produce can survive in plastic bags. If you want to do this, make sure to poke holes to allow more breathing space. Also, avoid sealing your produce tightly together to avoid quick spoilage.
#4 Identify which produce you should consume first.
Some foods simply do not keep their freshness for as long as you would like them to. In fact, some foods just spoil at what appears to be an accelerated rate. It would be best if you had a general notion of how long each product will keep in your refrigerator. In general, the softer it is, the sooner you should consume it after it is harvested. Berries, for example, are regarded to be highly perishable fruits. After a couple of days, they are prone to mould growth, discolouration, and wetness. They should be kept in the refrigerator for the longest period of freshness, where they can last up to eight days.
On the other hand, pumpkins have a long shelf life and can be stored for months. Fresh pumpkins can be stored in the refrigerator for up to four months if they are not carved into a jack-o-lantern before being used.
#5 Find the perfect spots to store your produce inside your fridge.
The majority of fresh fruit will keep longer if kept in its original packaging and placed in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator rather than the freezer. A crisper drawer is a compartment of a refrigerator that is meant to keep vegetables as fresh as possible for longer periods. They contain a different humidity level than the remainder of the refrigerator, which helps keep fruits and vegetables at their peak freshness.
#6 Trim the stems of specific leafy greens.
Trimming a small amount of the stems of your leafy greens every few days will help to extend the life of your vegetables. Additionally, you can immerse them in warm water for around 10 minutes before immersing them again in cold tap water for five minutes. If you don’t intend to consume them right away, wrap them in a cloth or paper towel and leave them in a reusable container or bag to keep them fresh in the fridge until you need them.
#7 Do not wash produce before storage.
The addition of moisture to freshly-washed fruits and vegetables can accelerate the rotting process, resulting in a faster rate of deterioration. Instead, you should wash them as soon as you are ready to put them to use. On the other hand, if the produce is highly unclean, it should be thoroughly rinsed and dried before being stored.
#8 Do not refrigerate onion and garlic.
While fruits and vegetables can be preserved in the refrigerator for several weeks if they are stored properly, onions and garlic can not tolerate a cold climate. Common onions and garlic, both members of the allium family, are rather easy to keep fresh if you keep them away from moisture, which causes them to deteriorate more quickly than other vegetables. It is preferable to store storage onions in a cool, dark, and dry location rather than at room temperature.
#9 Store them inside vacuum seal bags.
Vacuum sealing using a vacuum sealing machine creates an airtight environment for food, preventing the formation of crystals that cause freezer burn. The majority of vegetables will keep quite well when vacuum sealed and frozen. Thus, if you truly want to keep your produce for a long time, invest in the best vacuum seal rolls & bags.
To begin storing them in vacuum seal bags, wash all of your fruits and veggies. You want to seal only fresh, clean produce and avoid introducing dirt or bacteria into the vacuum seal bag. In general, vacuum sealing preserves the moisture content of food for an extended period of time, allowing you to eat food that tastes fresh months after it has been stored.