Eating fresh fruit and vegetables is an important step in managing your weight, prevent and treat long-term and short-term illness, and look and feel our best. The problem is that many of us do not get a chance to benefit from the fruits and vegetables will do for us because they destroy before we can eat them. Here are some steps you can follow to prolong the freshness of fresh fruit and vegetables you buy. Remember that these are general guidelines, and any exceptions to these tips exist for certain foods so use your own judgment.
Store fresh fruits and vegetables between thirty and forty degrees Fahrenheit maximum length of freshness. . . Some exceptions are potatoes to be stored between forty and fifty degrees Fahrenheit. Other exceptions to this rule are tomatoes, apples that are not yet mature and bananas. Storing fresh fruits and vegetables reduces the rate of their metabolic breakdown.
Cooling ready-to-eat fresh food as soon as possible. Some of these foods include fruits such as grapes and plums. If you want to ripen your ready-to-eat food before refrigerating them, put them in a brown paper bag until they reach the desired level of maturity. Then place them in the refrigerator.
Keep fresh fruits and vegetables as dry as possible. Too much moisture can contribute to fresh foods go bad prematurely. Onions are an example of a food that needs to stay dry to extend its freshness.
Keep air away from fresh fruit and vegetables. When oxygen is present, speeds up oxidation and reduces the freshness of food quickly. Invest in an airtight vacuum food sealer to extend the life of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as residue or food you will freeze.
Buy foods before they are ripe. Bananas are a good example of a food to buy when there is still a little green. This will give you more time to get around to eat them before they go bad.
Tips and Warnings
Invest in a salad spinner to remove excess moisture and prevent your prepared salads from being poor, or lose their crispness. If you do not want to invest in a vacuum food storage system, you can do it yourself by placing food in a plastic zipper bag and sucks the air out with a straw. Prioritize which fresh foods you eat each day according to which ones will go bad first instead of what you have a taste for at the time.
Green vegetables are an exception to the rule about keeping fresh fruits and vegetables dry. They manage better in humidity.