9 helpful tips to preserve fresh fruits and vegetables better

Avocado should be placed next to bananas if you want it to ripen quickly.


Cucumber should be preserved separately: Some fruits, such as tomatoes, bananas, and melons, produce ethylene gas, which causes fruits to be rotten faster. Therefore, these fruits should be stored separately to avoid damaging other fruits.


Squash and pumpkin should not be left with apple and pear: Squash and pumpkin are known to have a long use time. However, you should not leave them next to apples and pears because this combination will make the squash get yellow quickly. Squash and pumpkin are best stored at temperatures from 10 to 13 degrees C. Large squash can last up to 6 months, but for small fruits, the use time is just within 3 months.


Tubers: Carrot, sweet potato, kohlrabi, radish, and onion are the most nutritious tubers because they absorb nutrients from the soil. To preserve these nutrients, store them in cool, dark and humid places.


Berries: Berries are very sweet and easy to eat. The problem is that they can get mold quickly if not stored properly. The first rule to keep berries fresh is to wash them only before eating to avoid moisture and mold. In addition, you can soak them with a solution of vinegar and water in a ratio of 1: 3 for a few minutes, then remove them to drain. This method also helps preserve berries that may last a few days longer.


Separating apple and orange: If you want to extend the life of apples and oranges, separate them when storing them, especially in refrigerators. You should place them in a net bag so that air can circulate because if left in a plastic bag, mold will produce faster.


Separating a banana bunch into many fruits for preservation: When the banana bunch is ripened naturally at the same time, you will have to eat them quickly in 1-2 days or just eat and just discard the rotten fruits. The best solution is to separate each fruit, leave it in the refrigerator to slow down the ripening process. Or as soon as the ripe bananas, you can prepare banana dishes like banana bread or banana ice cream.


Do not put onion and potato mixed together: Potatoes and fried onions are really good food but never let them get mixed together because the onions will cause the potatoes to be rotten very quickly. With potatoes, it's best to place them in a basket, in a cool and dark place. You can also store onions with garlic without affecting each other. Just leave them in a dry place, keep their shells until they need to be used.


Avocado will ripen faster when placed next to bananas: Avocado is on the list of the top 10 good nutrition superfoods. Therefore, it is quite expensive and needs to be preserved correctly if you want to keep them fresh. If you want the avocado to ripen faster, leave it next to a banana. The gases produced from bananas will promote avocado ripening quickly. Also, if you want to extend the life of the avocado, leave it in the refrigerator compartment.


Do not leave tomato in the refrigerator: Usually, any root vegetable that goes into the refrigerator has the effect of slowing the growth of harmful bacteria and making them fresh longer. However, tomatoes stored at room temperature will taste better. Storing them in the refrigerator will cause tomatoes to lose nutrients and be more quickly damaged.

By: Jimmy Saunders

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