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How to Store Your Organic Produce For Fresher Taste and Longer Life
How many times have you opened up your refrigerator door and looked in your vegetable drawer, only to find wilted (or even rotting) food?
Keeping organic food, or any food that needs to be refrigerated, takes work (and the right knowledge). And you don’t want to go to the grocery store any more often than you have to because it takes time and energy that you don’t have.
So, here’s a few tips you can use to store some common organic foods longer so they stay fresh:
Your avocados may taste the best at room temperature, but they’ll keep longer if you store them in your fridge.
You can keep them fresh in there for up to 2 weeks. If you need to chop your avocado up and store it for a few hours before use, simply add lemon or lime juice (the acid helps with preservation) or chopped onion chunks.
2. Berries (Of Any Kind)
Conventional knowledge says you should get your berries in the fridge immediately when you get home from the store to keep them fresh.
But, here’s the problem with that: berries (even when farmed, stored, and sold 100% properly) carry mold spores. Even if they are cold, berries begin rotting immediately.
That’s just the way berries work.
So, preserve their life by putting an end to those pesky mold spores. Make a solution of 1 part vinegar to 8 parts water and give your berries a bath in it.
Then, line a storage container with paper towel to soak up your solution, and put your berries in the fridge.
They’ll stay fresh a lot longer.
3. Let Us Eat Lettuce
Poor lettuce gets overlooked, until it turns into a slimy, brown and rotten mess. Then, you can’t possibly miss lettuce!
To keep it fresh and crisp, you should actually put it in a container (not a plastic bag) stuffed with paper towels to soak up moisture and keep air contact away. Also, store lettuce away from apples, pears, and tomatoes because they release ethylene gas, which actually speeds rotting.
By the way, that ethylene gas causes the same issues for your other produce also, so bear it in mind when you store your favorite organic food.
Ever find your potatoes, only to see that they’re sprouting a whole new crop?
It happens to everyone.
Don’t store them anywhere near onions!
Onions release moisture and gases that actually speed the sprouting process.
It’s still wise to keep your potatoes in your cellar if possible where it’s cool and dark. However, a cupboard will do also.
Is Storing Your Organic Food for the Freshest Taste and Longest Life Really This Scientific?
What we understand about food and produce today is far more in-depth and complex than what we knew decades ago.