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Proper storage of fruits and vegetables prolongs their freshness. This makes them fit for eating longer. How do I store fruit and vegetables in the fridge?

How do I store vegetables in the fridge?

Vegetables should be stored hygienically in the fridge. If they are damaged or bruised, it promotes the spoilage process. Therefore, you should not buy vegetables and fruits for stock. Fruits and vegetables can be stored in the refrigerator for about two days. The foil should be removed before placing them in the fridge. It is also worth checking the condition of fruit and vegetables, removing wilted leaves or mouldy fruit (this applies, for example, to raspberries bought in boxes). It is best to store them unwashed, so they will stay fresh longer. Do not store fruit and vegetables near cured meat and dairy products – these should be stored in separate containers.

Vegetables and fruits should be stored in the bottom drawer of the refrigerator. This is at the optimum temperature. If possible, vegetables and fruit should be stored separately. When storing green vegetables (lettuce, cucumbers and broccoli) it is advisable not to place them next to fruit and vegetables that give off ethylene, such as red peppers, tomatoes, pears and apples. This will cause the green vegetables to turn yellow.

The place where fruits and vegetables are stored in the refrigerator should be lined with paper towels, which will absorb excess moisture. This will help the vegetables stay fresh longer. Do not store vegetables and fruits in closed containers, because condensing water vapor causes the development of fungi and other pathogens.

Raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, blueberries and strawberries should be stored with their stalks. Citrus fruits can be washed before placing in the refrigerator (this does not affect their freshness).

What vegetables can be stored in the fridge?

The following should be stored in the refrigerator: brassica vegetables (cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli). If uncut, they can be stored for up to 10 days. Root vegetables (carrots, celery, parsley). They can be stored longer if they are wrapped in paper before being put in the refrigerator. Lettuce should also be stored under refrigeration. It must be laid loosely in the refrigerator. This will help it retain its freshness longer.

Peppers, leeks, spring onions, chives, radishes and corn also need to be stored in the refrigerator. Fruits such as grapes, stone fruits (plums, cherries, cherries), blueberries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries should also be stored in home refrigerators.

All peeled and cut fruits and vegetables should absolutely be stored in the refrigerator.

What fruits and vegetables should not be stored in the refrigerator?

You should not store vegetables and fruits such as:

  • tomatoes – they lose their firmness and flavor. A sliced tomato should be kept in the refrigerator. It should be taken out about 30 minutes before consumption;
  • zucchini and cucumber – spoil faster at low temperatures,
  • onions and garlic,
  • potatoes – should be stored in a dry and cool place;
  • banana,
  • pineapple,
  • mango,
  • avocado,
  • watermelon – should be eaten immediately after purchase.

Freezing fruits and vegetables

Freezing is a great way to extend the freshness of fruits and vegetables. This process causes a slight loss of nutrients. Freezing causes a loss of about 40% of vitamin C. To ensure that fruits and vegetables lose as little valuable nutrients as possible, you should:

  • store them in airtight bags;
  • there should be no air in the containers or bags;
  • only freeze fresh produce;
  • do not re-freeze produce after thawing.

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