Even when you (or your entire household) love eating fruits, it can still be quite challenging to consume them in a timely manner before they spoil. Of course, you wouldn’t want your fruits to go to waste with no apparent reason. It’s disappointing; not to mention a total waste of money too. Good thing there are easy ways to keep your fruits fresh for a longer period.
These ways or hacks depend on the condition of the fruits upon buying them. Determine if the fruits you purchase will still last long, and then decide whether you’ll buy it or not depending on how soon you’re planning to consume them.
Save your fruits for longer through these 20 practical ways to keep fruits fresh. Read on.
1. Place fruits in Ziploc bags then freeze them.
Sometimes you overestimate how much you exactly need for a recipe which results to leftover fruits. Stop throwing them away because you can definitely still use them for other recipes. To keep them fresh, you can chop the ripened fruits, place them in Ziploc bags, then freeze them. Don’t forget to blanch them in hot water first before freezing to neutralize the bacteria and delay spoilage.
Some examples of fruits you can freeze are strawberries, blueberries, and bananas. There’s still a lot more! You can just try them out.
2. Keep fruits away from an area that tends to have smoke or heat.
Always check where you store your fresh fruits. Put them in a place that’s away from smoke or heat. These elements can speed up the ripening process, thus causing your fruits to spoil right away.
3. Don’t overstock your fridge.
If you do keep your fruits in the fridge, give them enough space to breathe. Overstocking can result to poor air circulation. Naturally you would want to put a special place in your fridge for your precious fruit produce.
4. Clean your berries with water-vinegar mixture.
Mix 10 parts water and 1 part white vinegar and use it to clean berries. This will remove excess dirt and pesticides and will help them last longer by preventing molds from forming.
5. Immerse berries in hot water before storing.
Another trick to keep berries fresher is to immerse them in their plastic basket in a hot pot of water. A 125-degree heat in about 30 seconds will do. This will prevent berries from getting moldy. After soaking them, you can then lay them on a towel to allow them to breathe.
6. Don’t store avocados in the fridge unless they are cut.
There are so many things you can do with avocados which is why it’s a usual favorite among fruit-lovers. It’s pretty understandable that you’d want them to stay longer so never put them in the fridge unless they are cut. The cold temperature will turn the avocados black inside.
7. Get rid of rotten apples immediately.
One rotten apple will spoil the entire bunch of apples. Such a sad occurrence if it does indeed happen. You can store apples in the fridge during the warmer months and when you do, cover them with a damp paper towel. The moisture will help them stay fresher for weeks.
In cooler months, you can keep them in the kitchen counter. But do not store them in a drawer or airtight-container.
8. Always keep your fridge clean.
This is, in fact, a basic requirement. If you want any of your food, not just fruits, to last longer, then make it a habit to clean your fridge daily whenever necessary. Residues and molds can hasten the spoilage of any food in your fridge.
9. Only cut your fruits when you are ready to consume them.
As much as possible, try to do this. If you aren’t really going to use the fruits right away then don’t cut them just yet. Regardless of the storage tricks you employ, a cut fruit still spoils faster than one that is not.
10. Keep cherries cold.
Cherries are meant to be in a cold temperature. Refrigerate them in a plastic bag as soon as you brought them home. Only wash them when you’re ready to eat them as the excess moisture can also increase spoilage.
11. Keep tomatoes at room temperature.
Tomatoes should be away from sunlight since the sun contributes to their early ripening and spoiling. Also, do not store tomatoes in plastic because this will just trap the moisture and cause them to spoil quickly.
12. Use glassware when storing fruits in the fridge.
Glassware is best because some plastics may have harmful chemicals that may cause the fruits to spoil right away.
13. Wrap plastic around the crown of the banana bunch.
This trick will help the bananas last longer. Keep them away from other produce too because they emit one of the highest amounts of ethylene gas that can cause premature ripening and eventually spoilage.
14. Store citrus fruits in the fridge.
Fruits like oranges, tangerines, lemons, and limes will be fine in a cool, dry place but if you want to extend their shelf life, better keep them in the fridge in a mesh bag.
15. Store your pineapple upside down.
But before you can actually do this properly, cut its crown or the leafy tops first. This helps in redistributing its sugar and will keep it fresh for longer.
16. Spritz lemon juice to cut fruits.
If you have already cut your fruits and haven’t consumed everything, you can spritz a little bit of lemon juice to prevent them from darkening and to make them look palatable.
17. Remove packaging from fruits stored in room temperature.
Just let them loose and store them in your kitchen counter but without their packaging. Again, remember to keep them away from too much heat.
18. Store cantaloupe in a refrigerator.
Cantaloupes (and honeydews) are better off refrigerated without the packaging even before they are cut. Watermelon, on the other hand, should be kept in a dark and dry place far from other fruits.
19. Store grapes in the fridge until they’re ready to eat.
Keep them unwashed until you are ready to consume them. You can also keep them in the packaging they came with.
20. Buy only what you can consume.
Last but not the least, the best way to keep your fruits from spoiling is to buy only what you can consume for the week. Meal planning helps in this situation. Know the dynamics of your family members so that you can determine or estimate just how many exactly you should buy. This doesn’t only help in avoiding unnecessary waste of food; this can also help you save money.