How am I going to make this even remotely interesting! Fruit and vegetables are not exactly amusing especially when, like me, you are not their biggest fan. Fruit, yes, I love fruit, but veggies I can take or leave and mostly would like to leave! The reason behind taking an interest in the health and well being of my fruit and vegetables stems from a big concern of mine – food waste! I hate food waste. I hate waste full stop but food waste drives me crazy. My mission is to throw away the absolute minimum amount of food. I have just returned from a two week trip to visit The Offspring in Thailand. On my return my bowl of kiwi fruit and lemons were an overripe liquid mess as The Hubby hadn’t touched them. In my quest to learn from this, a re-think on fruit and veggie storage at Really Useful HQ is in order.
- In the UK the food waste amounts to around 7 million tonnes per year and the bulk of this is fresh produce
- One third of all the world food production is wasted each year – around 1 trillion tonnes (just how many 0’s is that?)
- In the USA food waste is around 35% of the total supply.
- This is a really interesting article of food waste by National Geographic
Fruits Produce Gas! No, Really? Yep!
Some fruits emit ethylene gas. Well who knew!! Ethylene is a natural plant hormone that assists with ripening. Storing fruits that emit ethylene next to non ethylene producing fruit and vegetables will cause them to deteriorate fast.
Fruits that produce Ethylene are –
- Honeydew and Canteloupe Melon
- Unripe bananas
To Refrigerate or Not To Refrigerate?
I have been in the habit of throwing all the fruit and vegetables into the chiller drawer at the bottom on the fridge. This is not the way! Oops, I have been doing it all wrong all this time! There is a bit of science involved and with just a few simple changes your fruit and vegetables will keep fresher for longer reducing your food waste. By storing your fresh food the right way not only will it stay fresher longer but you’ll preserve their great flavours too. Think; fridge cold, tasteless tomatoes, yuk!
Out of the fridge, unwashed & in a bag (moisture from washing encourages bacteria. Wash when ready to use) –
Out of the Fridge –
In the Fridge –
- Green Beans
- Herbs (except Basil)
Fruit And Vegetables Tips And Tricks
- Keep Kiwi out of the fridge until they are ripe, then refrigerate them
- To keep bananas fresh for longer, break up the bunch and wrap cling film around the stem of each one and once they are at your preferred ripeness keep them in the fridge to stop the ripening process
- Some fruit and vegetables produce odour and others absorb it. Keeping an open box of baking soda in your fridge will absorb moisture and odours. Replace this every few months
- Keep mushrooms in a paper bag to prolong their freshness
- Have your fridge temperature set at the optimum temperature, -4 c or 40 f
If you have any tips and tricks on how you store your fruit and veggies to keep them fresh and tasty for longer why not share them with us all. In case you are need something to do with all your fruit that you are now storing and keeping fresh for longer why not try one of the fruit infuser water bottles from my Shopping Time page. Watch this space for a blog all about these coming very soon!