Find yourself wasting food because you can’t seem to figure out the best way to store fresh organic veggies?
If you store food the right way, it can make the difference between keeping your organic veggies fresher for longer and throwing it all away.
As much as organic vegetables help make some of the most delicious foods known to man, they also wilt and spoil just as quickly. For days where you’re hoping that avocado ripens fast so you can eat it, it can be a good thing. Place it in a bag with a ripe banana and watch the ethylene gas do its job in speeding up the ripening process.
However, for all the other days where the veggies aren’t being consumed quick enough, having fresh produce that goes bad quickly isn’t ideal.
Here are a few tips on how to store your fresh organic veggies for a fresher and longer lifespan.
Knowing which veggies to keep apart
Not all veggies ripen the same. Due to the different natural compositions of each vegetable, certain veggies emit higher levels of ethylene gas compared to others.
A good way of managing this is to keep the high ethylene gas fruits separately from all of your other organic produce. Stone fruit, avocados, bananas, pears, apples, and tomatoes are some of the ones to keep an eye out for maximum impact. While your leafy greens are the ones who are the most susceptible vegetables to ethylene gas.
Onions should also not be in the mix with other fruit or vegetables as they often leave their fragrance with their neighbours. Potatoes are highly affected by onions and will wilt or sprout even quicker when next to an onion.
How to store cut organic veggies
If prepping food is on your top list of things to do for a quicker meal, you’ll appreciate learning a thing or two about how to store cut organic veggies the right way. With most vegetables lasting no more than a week,
There are ways to extend the storage life of your veggies, such as airtight containers or fresh and crisp vegetable bags. When storing your produce, be sure to wash them clean before cutting to get rid of as much dirt and bacteria. A good way to wash your veggies clean is to use a soda bicarb solution or a water and vinegar mix.
Once your veggies are washed thoroughly, it’s time to dry them with a salad spinner followed by some paper towels. Next, place the veggies separately based on their type into the storage item you have available (your fresh and crisp vegetable bag or airtight salad container). To ensure that most of the water stays out, place a paper towel in the bag or container to absorb any leftover moisture. Store in the part of your fridge which is the coolest, usually the crisper.
As long as you keep excess water away from your veggies and store them in an airtight storage system to keep the oxygen out, your veggies will stay fresher for longer.