Summer is a great season to enjoy the variety of produce GreenPoint has to offer. However, between daily tasks and the heat of the season, we often forget what we have stored in the fridge, resulting in our fruits and vegetables deteriorating quickly. Our experts have gathered some tips to help you store your fresh produce for a longer period of time in order to avoid waste and discomfort.
When the process of ripening starts, some fruits, and vegetables release a natural chemical compound called “ethylene”.
Ethylene gas accelerates the breakdown process of your produce. To prevent the buildup of this gas, keep the exocarp (outer wall of the fruit) of your fruits and vegetables separate from one another.
Another method to delay the ripening process is to store them in a container with enough ventilation to avoid extra humidity. For example, to store fresh squash for longer in the refrigerator, place them in plastic storage bags or in containers to retain the right amount of moisture. Squash will maintain its quality for up to 5 to 7 days.
If you like to add more flavor to the dishes, you probably use herbs to boost the taste of your ingredients.
Keeping herbs and leafy vegetables fresh for a longer period of time can be achieved by trimming the bottom stems and storing them in a container with water in a cold space, such as the refrigerator. It’s important to change the water once a day to keep them fresh. Additionally, wrap herbs in a damp paper towel and seal them in a bag. By using this hack, you will prevent wilting and avoid rotting caused by excess moisture.
Two important factors to consider when trying to keep the freshness of your produce are the temperature and humidity levels.
We recommend verifying that the temperature is set correctly. Once your fridge is working properly, consider where you should place your produce. Organize fruits and vegetables in their corresponding drawers.
Finally, remember that you can freeze your fruits and vegetables. The shelf life of frozen produce can exceed 8 to 10 months if properly frozen and stored. Not only will this minimize waste, but it will also reduce your expenses.