Produce Storage Tips
The fruits and vegetables you buy don’t come with any instruction manuals and usually you don’t need one. But sometimes they can be a little tricky and you might be surprised at the best way to extend their shelf-life once you get home.
Room temperature works fine, but you can keep an apple for up to a month in the crisper drawer of your fridge. Wherever you store them, be sure to keep them away from other fruits like bananas and oranges as they emit a gas called ethylene that speeds up the ripening process.
Again room temperature is great, but you can actually move bananas to the fridge to slow or sometimes stop the ripening process and extend their shelf-life once they’re at the ripeness you prefer.
Berries are best when kept as cold as possible so definitely in the fridge. Also, be sure to avoid rinsing them until right before you eat them. The residual moisture from rinsing then storing can weaken their flavor and speed up decay.
Technically a Winter vegetable, broccoli is best kept cold with a damp paper towel wrapped around the crown and placed in your crisper drawer.
Definitely keep it in the fridge but oddly enough, celery does better wrapped in aluminum foil instead of the plastic it typically comes in. The plastic traps ethylene gas that speeds up the breakdown of the plant.
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