We already know we need fruits and vegetables for our everyday consumption. So it is only natural that storing them properly to keep them fresh is important. And if you plan to store organic produce, storing them correctly becomes vital so that they don’t go bad quickly.
Let me explain.
Organic vegetables do not have any additional preservatives added to them. They are also not modified when farming. Organic Produce is generally farm-fresh and 100% natural.
It is found that some of the organic fruits and vegetables have more natural antioxidants as compared to the ones sprayed with herbicides.
Eating Organic is great for your health but in some places organic produce can be expensive so best to store them well to get the most of them and avoid waste.
Storing Essentials for Organic Produce
- Plastic bag: this is the most commonly used storage material and can be used on almost all the vegetables.
- Paper bag: some types of fruits and vegetables have to be stored in paper bags instead of plastic bags as they require more refrigeration than others and a plastic bag can block this.
- Wet towel: it is best recommended to wrap leafy and green vegetables in a wet towel to make them last longer.
- Glass container: some herbs should be stored in an airtight glass container for better storage.
How to Store Your Organic Produce
1. Preparing Them for Storage
The first step would be to remove the plastic in, which the vegetable is wrapped when you bought it. These vegetables are secured with wire and rubber bands to hold them together. Remove them very gently by cutting them with scissors. Do this carefully without harming or damaging the produce.
This is a necessary step as it will allow the produce to breathe and remain fresh for a longer period. Do not exert force while handling the produce as it may lead to breakage and damage. Touch the vegetables as least as possible as our hands are never free of microorganisms, and these may transfer to the produce, which has to be consumed by more people.
The best way to go would to use plastic gloves or touch them bare handed as less as possible. Handle with utmost care and do not pull them apart as they get separated from their stem and will rot faster.
2. Separating Them
- Separate them according to the temperature they need. Not all fruits and vegetables need to be refrigerated. Do not refrigerate it for a long period as they tend to lose their moisture and flavour. Some vegetables have to be kept in the dark places away from the sunlight such as potatoes, onions; garlic, etc. separate these vegetables with the ones, which need refrigeration.
- Another way to separate them would be according to their flavour and harshness. Some vegetables exhibit a very strong flavour, which can easily intermingle with another vegetable if not kept separately. Keep them separately and also keep in mind not to put harsh vegetables with the delicate ones as the latter one will get quashed and lead to wastage.
3. Storing Them
After separating them the next step would be to store them according to the properties they exhibit. For this reason, we have mentioned the ways different produce should be stored.
- Fruits: Fruits like apples, apricots, cantaloupes can be safely stored in the fruit compartment of your fridge. Fruits such as blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, etc. should be spread out to single layers and kept at the points where there is an abundance of moisture. Keep in mind to not wash them until they are ready for consumption.
- Fresh herbs: The best way to store fresh herb is in an airtight glass container or in a paper bag to be kept in the refrigerator. It is recommended to consume herbs after a week of purchase as they will start to decompose after that.
- Celery: Store your celery in a plastic bag as they have the tendency to absorb flavour and odors from another vegetable nearby. A plastic bag is the best way to block this and keep the original taste of the celery.
- Onions: They should be wrapped in a paper bag and kept in a cool dark place. Remember to keep the onions separate from the potatoes as both of them produce gasses, which can spoil each other.
- Basil: You can store basil in several ways by either refrigerating it by putting it a sealable plastic bag or putting it in an airtight glass jar away from sunlight. Before doing any of the ways remember to place the basil in a dampened paper towel for best results.
- Broccoli: It should be wrapped in a paper towel before refrigerating it and keep the paper towel to be damp, not soggy. A soggy paper towel will retain moisture and transfer it to the broccoli making it spoil faster.
- Asparagus: You don’t need to refrigerate asparagus as it can be safely stored at room temperature till five days without spoiling. Keep it out of sunlight and consume it within a week of purchase.
- Carrots: Many people store carrots by simply placing it in the refrigerator, which is not the proper way. We will show you how to store carrots the best way. You should remove the tops before storing as they can drain moisture from the roots. Keep the roots and tops separated from each other and wash them just before you use them. The same goes for turnips and beets.
- Leafy vegetables: Leafy vegetables such as cabbages, radishes, and cauliflower should be refrigerated up to 5 days and consumed within a week. Do not remove the outer leaves or stems for refrigeration.
These are some steps and tips, which you should follow to keep your organic produce to last longer and remain fresh, and you can treat yourself with a healthy green salad every day.
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