Bad news if you get too excited at the Farmer’s Market; you may end up with too much produce, filling more trash bags with rotting waste than stomachs with fresh treats.
But don’t let that stop you from buying in bulk. You can stay healthy and close to your fruit friends with these tips to keep them fresher longer in the fridge:
1. Apples – Wrap each apple in old newspaper and store them in a single layer at the higher areas of the fridge, where it’s colder, to retain those fresh-off-the-tree flavors for more than a week.
2. Raspberries – Most berries don’t ripen after they’ve been picked. They just go bad, and quickly. Raspberries are no exception. Store them on the top shelves of your fridge unwashed.
3. Strawberries – Before putting a batch of these pretty, antioxidant-rich babies into the ice box, eliminate any damaged or overripe ones. Also, unless you want cold strawberry soup for a snack, never wash them until right before eating.
4. Blueberries – Although a bit heartier than his cousins Mister Raspberry and Miss Strawberry, Mister Blueberry still needs to be refrigerated to last longer. However, follow his cousins’ rule: don’t wash him until it’s time to use him.
5. Watermelons – Unlike many fruits that become fully ripe days after they are displayed in markets, watermelons are harvested when they are fully ripe and do not ripen further. For that reason, they are best stored in the fridge. Want something different out of that last slice of watermelon left in the fridge? Try this cool minty recipe.
6. Grapes – The best way to store grapes in the fridge is to put them in perforated bags, which is how they’re usually packed in grocery stores. In case you got them without those bags, poke holes in an ordinary plastic bag to make your own grape container. Choose firm bunches without moldy, mushy and wrinkly spots and your grapes could last up to two weeks in the fridge.
7. Cherries – Refrigerate fresh cherries in tightly sealed plastic bags. Studies show that they can last this way for about two weeks, but nobody ever finds that out by themselves because they usually finish these tempting red treats by then.
8. Pineapples – Here’s a secret to amazingly sweet pineapples: store them upside down in the fridge for one to two days. Why? Sugar is concentrated at the base of the pineapple; turning it upside down will spread the sweetness throughout the whole fruit!
9. Avocados – Wrap that rock-hard avocado in a brown paper bag and leave it on the countertop to ripen for a few days. Refrigerate it only when it is soft and ripe, because this tropical treat refuses to ripen when it’s cold.
10. Mango – If you found yourself buying too many of those tempting, succulent mangoes in the market, slow down the ripening by putting them in the lower parts of the fridge, where it’s warmer. Remember never to chill them before they are ripe. That aside, these beta carotene-rich goodies are best in tropical warmth. Check this article out for fun facts about mangoes.
Here’s one final tip to keep your fruits tasting better in the fridge: Like stays with like. That is, apples with apples, berries with berries.
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