Ever wondered how to keep your greens as fresh as possible? If your tomatoes should go on the counter top or in the fridge? We give you a quick guide on how to properly store your various fruits and veggies.
Fun Fact: Many fruits and vegetables should only be stored in room temperature, because refrigeration can cause cold damage or prevent them from ripening to good flavor and texture.
Let’s start with some basic guidelines:
Remove all plastic
It’s a long known fact that infinitesimal bits of plastic get into our food from containers. The process is called “leaching” and even though the amounts are small, we of course don’t want any of that. However, most of the fruit you buy in today’s supermarket is wrapped in plastic, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be like that while being stored in your home. Remove all plastic from food and if possible, avoid using plastic bags when buying your fruit and veggies.
Separate fruit & veggies
Store each group in different drawers in the fridge to prevent moisture loss and minimize the detrimental effects of ethylene produced by the fruits on the vegetables.
Try not to squeeze in as much veggies as possible, because the closer they are, the quicker they rot. Try to avoid throwing away food by not buying more than you think you will manage to eat.
Now, let’s take a look on how to properly store the products you buy. We have chosen some of the most common fruits and veggies in the Scandinavian household.
On the counter, in room temperature. Try to avoid direct sunlight. If you have them more than a week, they go in the fridge.
On the counter, in room temperature. Bananas ripen very quickly, and will also speed the ripening of any nearby fruits.
Let them ripen on the counter, before placing them in the fridge.
The best place to store tomatoes is on the counter at room temperature. They actually continue to develop flavor until maturation peaks a few days after picking.
The best way to store onions is in an open basket in room temperature. Preferably alone.
Carrots are best stored in the fridge. A helpful tip is to cut off the carrot greens to keep them from sapping nutrients from the roots. Another tip is to store the carrots in a covered container filled with water. This will keep them fresh for a long time!
Cucumbers should be stored in room temperature, because then they thrive and last longer. If you on the other hand insist on chilling your cucumbers, limit it to about three days and keep them towards the front shelf in the fridge, where the temperatures are warmer.
Store your mushrooms in a paper bag in the fridge. The paper allows for better airflow while the drawer keeps the air humid and prevents the mushrooms from drying out.
Potatoes and/or sweat potatoes
Potatoes should be stored in a dark, and slightly chilly environment. If it’s too warm, they have a tendency to start sprouting or go bad.
Broccoli is hard to keep fresh, but a very helpful tip is to gently mist your broccoli’s heads in water. Loosely wrap the heads with a paper towel so that the towel absorbs some of the moisture, but not too tightly with the paper towels and don’t keep it in a sealed container. Broccoli needs air flow to stay fresh. Keep the broccoli in the fridge.
By: Henriette Danielsen