13 Easy Ways To Hugely Expand The Flavor And Lifespan Of Your Favorite Fruit And Veges
1. When bananas are ripe, pop them in the fridge to slow down the process of decay.
And even if the outside is black, there’s a very good chance the cold has prevented further transitioning of starch into sugar and you’ve got a perfectly tasty banana inside.
2. Put your apples in the crisper drawer for that extra fresh crunch.
To further ensure your apples are perfectly crisp, put a wet paper towel in the refrigerator drawer with them.
3. Lemons are expensive – keep ’em going for longer by using that crisper drawer again.
This will increase the lifespan of your lemons from a week to two or three. Win.
4. Potatoes can last for AGES, if kept in the right environment.
Put these into a dark environment between 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit and your spuds will last deep into winter. Which is EXACTLY when you’ll most feel like them.
5. We’ve already got your lemons lasting 2-3 weeks, but boost that EVEN further.
As above, put your lemons in the crisper drawer, but to make your lemons last up to a month, place them within a ziplock bag and turn the humidity level of the drawer right down to the lowest level.
6. Keep your garlic near your potatoes. Also, vampires.
Just like your spuds, garlic should be stored in a cool, dark place. If this is one, they can have a long lifespan.
7. Tomatoes are exhibitionists. They thrive when in plain sight.
Tomatoes release gas, and as such shouldn’t be stored in the refrigerator. If they are, they lose their flavor, moisture and texture. You ain’t got time for that.
8. Keep your fruits and veggies apart!
It does seem a bit mean, but you’ll thank yourself for being firm about this one. Fruits release ethylene gas, which ripens other fruit and veggies around it. So unless your veggies are underripe, keep them secluded.
9. Get the most flavor and life out of your mushrooms.
Mushrooms come in plastic wrapped packaging for a good reason. When refrigerated, this helps enhance their lifespan and taste. So, if you’ve already opened your packet, seal with another layer of Seran, and then poke a few holes into it.
10. Peppers are known to go bad quick. But you can outsmart them.
Simply slice them and put them in the freezer. They’ll retain their vital goodness and proud flavor for far longer.
11. Be $MART when it comes to purchasing your fruit and veggie groceries.
Although it’s tempting to try and be efficient and buy everything at once, unfortunately that’s just going to come back and bite you when everything starts to go off at different times. Realistically plan your consumption and take into account the differing speeds of ripening, as there’s something so tragic about having to waste fruit and vegetables in bulk. Avoid that guilt!
12. Keep your berries safe so they’ll reach their potential.
Berries are fragile and vulnerable to damage. Bruising can ravage their taste. So, spread them out in a plastic container. Solved!