29.11.2020

How To Store Fruits And Vegetables

Basic Pre-Storing Guidelines To Follow
How To Store Fruits And Vegetables

Before you stock up on vegetables and fruits in your fridge, you should follow certain pre-storing guidelines. These can vary depending on the food concerned. However, the general guidelines are as follows:

  • Never refrigerate your fruits and veggies unwashed.
  • Do not store them in a plastic bag, not even the ones they came in.
  • The only foods you can store in a plastic bag are herbs and mushroom as the trapped moisture helps prolong their longevity.
  • Leafy greens that seem sandy or dirty should be washed before they are stored. Post washing, they should be wrapped neatly in plain white tissues and then kept in a plastic bag. They’ll stay fresh for longer this way.
  • For foods that need to be stored at room temperature instead of being refrigerated, one must remove all packaging before storing them (think: onions, potatoes, etc.)
How Long Should Fruits And Veggies Be Stored?
How To Store Fruits And Vegetables

Apart from adhering to these guidelines, you should know for how long you can store individual food items before they go bad. Below we’ve given a list of common food items along with the duration of their refrigeration or countertop storing. Bear in mind that the numbers we mention in this list have been given assuming that the food you intend to store is ripe and ready to be cooked or eaten. In case it isn’t, you should store it in a paper bag first as this speeds up the ripening process.

Without further ado, here’s how long you should store your fruits and veggies:

How To Store Fruits And Vegetables
How To Store Fruits And Vegetables
How To Store Fruits And Vegetables
How To Store Fruits And Vegetables
How To Store Fruits And Vegetables
How To Store Fruits And Vegetables
How To Store Fruits And Vegetables
How To Store Fruits And Vegetables

So, there you have it! This list covers most of the fruits and veggies found in Indian homes. Do you have others to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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