Have you ever wondered why your fruit and veggies do not last too long, go soggy or grow mould etc before you had a chance to enjoy them?
One of the possibilities to extend the shelf life of produce is to store it properly – but which ones should be kept in the refrigerator and which ones last longer at room temperature?
A good idea is to copy what grocery stores do as they of course want to be able to sell goods for as long as possible – so if they refrigerate items, you might as well do the same.
If you are using a shopping list, you could bring a pen and label the refrigerated items on your list with “F” for fridge.
In addition, I created a print out for you – download it, print it out ( horizontal layout!) and stick it onto your fridge as a neat reminder.
FOODS TO STORE IN THE FRIDGE
Tip: refrigerators use less power when they are full, because less cold air escapes when you open the door.
berries – blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries to name a few
herbs except for basil – in plastic bags or wrapped in moist paper towels
leafy greens – arugula, bok choy, lettuce, spinach,
mushrooms – in a paper bag
most nuts and seeds, especially pine nuts go rancid very quickly
spring onions / green onions
oil, especially flax seed oil and hemp oil – best is to even buy bottles that have been kept refrigerated at the store too
fresh salad dressings
FOODS TO STORE AT ROOM TEMPERATURE
foods marked with * : store at room temperature unless really ripe, then refrigerate to extend shelf life.
apples – out of direct sunlight
avocado – unless you want to slow down the ripening process
bananas (see note below)
citrus fruit – grapefruit, lemons, limes, mandarines, oranges, pomelos etc
onions – they need air circulation and have to stay away from potatoes as the moisture lets them go bad faster
watermelon – though nothing is better than a chilled watermelon on a hot summer’s day!
Bananas: can actually be refrigerated; their skin will turn brown but that does not matter. Just keep them away from other fruit & veg as they evaporate more ethylene gas than other produce (all fruit & veg create it, but bananas in much larger quantities) which lets everything around them ripen much faster. You can take advantage of that too, by placing a banana or an apple next to an unripe avocado for example to speed up its ripening process.
Did I miss anything?
Do you have any other tipps on how to extend the shelf life of your purchases?