How To Keep Vegetables Fresh
The average family of four discards 24 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables every month. Simply because these fruits and vegetables have lost their freshness. Here are some ideas and suggestions that you can use to help keep fruits and vegetables fresh longer.
One of the main reasons we want our fruits and vegetables to remain fresh is to preserve their vitamins, in addition to their flavor and crisp. After all, who wants to eat a limp vegetable right?
Another reason is the waste of money. We want freshness but when fruits and vegetables lose their freshness quickly we throw them away, along with the money it cost us to purchase these items.
Tips To Help Keep Fruits and Vegetables Fresh Longer
1. It actually starts at the store when we go to buy fruits and vegetables. Examine what we are going to purchase closely. Pick only items that have no damage, especially no bruising. Because once bruising starts, quick rotting of the fruit or vegetable is not far behind.
2. Ever notice how the fresh vegetables in the grocery store are sprayed with water regularly? Make sure to dry them thoroughly before putting them away. Water is the one thing that causes vegetables to spoil quickly. It is important to keep fruits and vegetables out of the water. Moisture can lead to mold. Mold will cause veggies and fruits to spoil.
3. Even after harvesting, many fruits and vegetables continue to “breathe” by exchanging beneficial oxygen for carbon dioxide. Certain vegetables need more air than others. Those that need the most air can be "suffocated" when sealed tightly in plastic bags. Hence, don't rely on the plastic vegetable bags from the store to keep your vegetables fresh. Use more reliable containers: Those specifically made to preserve the life of fruits and veggies.
Some vegetables are low breathers needing no air circulation. Mushrooms and carrots fall into this category.
Others need moderate breathers need some air circulation. This category includes lettuce, pears, and lemons.
Vegetables that are heavy breathers need the most air circulation. Corn and broccoli are among high breathing vegetables.
4. Some fruits and vegetables need to be put in the frig while others should never be put in the fridge. Its important that we know what vegetables prefer if we want them to stay fresh longer.
Store on the counter: Tomatoes
Store in a dry place, like a pantry: potatoes, onions, garlic, bananas, avocados
5. Don't use metal items to cut fruits and vegetables. The metal causes a chemical type reaction that promotes browning. Use plastic to cut your fruits and vegetables instead.
Hint: Ever notice how bagged lettuce precut for salads tend to waste and brown quickly? This is due to the process used to cut the lettuce. You guessed it: they use metal machinery. Not much one can do to get precut lettuce to last longer.There are several items on the market that say they keep vegetables fresh longer. The question is: Do they really work?
On this page I will share with you my experience of what does work to keep my fruits and vegetables fresh. I have not 'thrown away' any of my fresh fruits and vegetables for several years using this method. I know for a fact that these containers work.
Tupperware FridgeSmart containers
Tupperware has been around for over 65 years. Hence, it is no surprise that their products work. My favorite part of Tupperware: they have a lifetime warranty. That means I only need to buy a container one time because if it breaks, Tupperware will replace it.
There are two reasons why I recommend Tupperware FridgeSmart containers:
1. They work by actually keeping fruits and vegetables fresh longer. As a result, the cost of the containers are quickly made up for by the money one saves by not throwing away fruits and vegetables that have gone bad. I have been using these plastic containers in my kitchen for many years. This company's containers are the best on the market, in my experience and opinion.
2. They have a lifetime warranty. So if one breaks you can get it replaced free by contacting a Tupperware consultant.
Do you have Tupperware that needs replacing? Here is a Tupperware consultant who will gladly assist you in getting your broken Tupperware replaced. Simply use the Contact Me button on her website and let her know how she can assist you.
What Makes These Containers Work
Each container has a clear base and a colored seal containing the air circulation system with venting holes and an easy slider. Etched circle markings indicate the 3 slider positions.
The circle markings indicating the EZ slider positions correspond to the circles on the permanent produce reference chart on each container.
The easy-to-clean built-in grid keeps contents away from moisture collected in the base and ensures airflow around produce, reducing spoilage. Water is the one thing that causes vegetables to spoil quickly. It is important to keep fruits and vegetables out of the water. Hence, the grids at the bottom of the container help with this. Interesting note: Ever notice how the fresh vegetables in the grocery store are sprayed with water regularly? Make sure to dry them thoroughly before putting them away. This will help preserve them longer. The built-in grid reduces spoilage by keeping the contents above the moisture, and airflow moving around foods.
When stacked in the refrigerator, see-through containers allow easy viewing of contents. Because they are clear it is easier to identify the fruits and vegetables inside them. Stacking the containers does not hinder the ventilation in any way.
FridgeSmart containers are modular and stackable to maximize refrigerator space. I know some of my friends have actually pulled out the crisper drawers in their fridges and replaced them with the FridgeSmart containers. Good idea! It saves some space in the fridge.
Bases nest together to save space in your cabinets which containers are not in use.
My mom puts cilantro in the frig in the plastic bag from the store.
It lasts about three days and then starts getting limp and losing
its crispness. I put my cilantro in a small FridgeSmart
and my cilantro stays fresh for two to three weeks.
Tupperware’s FridgeSmart containers use the specially designed ACE (Atmosphere Controlled Environment) system which keeps fruits and vegetables fresher longer and saves you money.”
Storage of fruits and vegetables has been researched extensively with top food scientists from the University of Florida and Tupperware to develop this line of intelligent containers.
The Tupperware ACE (Atmosphere Controlled Environment) system creates the optimal environment that fruits and vegetables need in order to stay fresher longer.
FridgeSmart containers have a special 3-way venting system that helps
regulate the atmosphere inside the
container by balancing the flow of oxygen coming in and carbon dioxide going
A: Closed: - low breathers, no air circulation
“All fresh cut vegetables should be stored in FridgeSmart containers under the same recommendations as for the whole vegetable.”
Limited Lifetime Warranty
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