Ever wondered how to make fresh produce that you have bought in huge batches last longer? UglyFood will be sharing some food storage tips that will be able to retain the freshness of the produce you have bought for as long as possible. Generally for fresh produce, most of them should be kept in their original packaging. Some types of fruits/vegetables will last longer in plastic/airtight packaging whereas some might last longer in paper packaging
1.At Safe Temperatures:
Fresh Vegetables and Fruits
-Depending on the type of vegetables or fruits, you may store them in the pantry or fridge. Pantry food usually includes onions, garlic, shallots, potatoes, avocados, bananas, papayas and pineapples. Most varieties of leafy vegetables are often stored in the fridge and also, fruits such as berries, citrus fruits, grapes, apples, pear.
-Fresh meat should be chilled in original packaging and tightly wrapped to minimise exposure to air. Store frozen meat in the freezer at -18oC with tight plastic wrap.
You may refer to the table below published by Singapore Food Agency (SFA) as a guideline on how long we can store each type of food in our fridge/freezer.
2.To Last Longer:
-Unwashed leafy vegetables can be wrapped in paper towels to absorb the moisture to prevent rotting. Place the wrapped leafy vegetables in storage bags and refrigerate. Remember to separate different varieties into different storage bags
-If you are unsure of whether you would be able to consume all the freshly-bought fruits and vegetables before they turn bad, chop them up and freeze them. You may consider blanching non-leafy vegetables first before freezing to neutralise the bacteria in food and stop spoilage.
-Ripened bananas with blackened/darkened skin can be placed in storage bags and refrigerated to prevent further ripening.
-Mushrooms, on the other hand, should not be stored in plastic bags or air-tight storage containers that might support condensation. Mushrooms need to be allowed to breathe and should be placed in loose and moisture-absorbent packaging (eg: paper bags).
-Fruits and vegetables should be stored separately to prevent the acceleration of the ripening process due to a gas called ethylene that is present in some fruits. For example, apricots and avocados will ripen faster when stored in a paper bag that traps ethylene and speeds up their ripening process.
We hope that these tips will be useful to prevent food spoilage/wastage and at the same time, help in cost savings when you need not discard spoilt/overly ripe food all the time! Our previous post on how apples are grown has proven that the process of harvesting yummy fruits and vegetables is long and tedious. As such, we should be more appreciative of the fresh produce made available to us all year round thanks to the hard work of our farmers and not put them to waste!
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