Friday, 5 July 2013

How to store your fruits and veggies properly



I've been rather crippled lately blog-wise because my lappy gave me some issues some days ago, what with me having issues with renewing my internet connection subscription! But everything's alright now- I finally got it all sorted out this afternoon. I have been entertaining myself with Desperate Housewives DVDs-currently on Season 5. I love that show. Anywayz, this post is really just something small, for the fitness and nutrition junkies. It's about how to properly store our fruits and veggies. I did not even know this mattered until I stumbled on an article from Here's what I learnt:

-Major point: Refrigerate apples, apricots, figs, honeydew melons and cantaloupe, but separate them from most other produce. Why so? Because they all produce ethylene, which sort of speed of the wilting and rotting process in foods.

-Another group of fruits also produces ethylene, but don’t need to be refrigerated. This includes avocados, pears, plums, tomatoes, peaches and nectarines. Well I ALWAYS refrigerate my tomatoes; Nigerian heat is gangster!

-Keep lettuce away from ethylene sources to minimize brown spots on the lettuce ribs, according to Colorado State University Cooperative Extension. Now I love lettuce, but I was beginning to think lettuce just hated me! They wilt in my fridge so easily. I think lettuce is really "fragile" that way but I'll try this new storage rule out and see if it helps.

-Ethylene can also cause cucumbers, broccoli, kale, spinach and other greens to yellow and spoil.

-The gas can also make turnip and asparagus tougher, and hinder the flavor of peppers, watermelons, sweet potatoes and summer squash varieties, according to CSU.

- Ethylene also can make carrots and parsnips more bitter, and can make eggplant flesh more brown and bitter.

-Bananas are a special case. They emit ethylene while ripening, but ripe bananas are also susceptible to go soft and develop more brown spots if exposed to other sources of ethylene.

-Ethylene is also produced in cigarette smoke and vehicle exhaust, so don’t leave your produce in the car or garage longer than necessary. Good point!

- Finally potatoes and onions should also be stored separately. They each give off gases that can cause the other vegetable to spoil faster.

I hope y'all learnt something from this-the post is particularly helpful if you don't like to shop very often, you love fruits and veggies, or you don't leave so close to the market or grocery store.



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