Have you ever wondered why your just-bought veggies and fruits rot away faster than what it supposed? If you did, I am sorry to tell you that you might be the reason. Sometimes you could be putting the wrong fruits and veggies together, causing them to rot fast. Many fruits produce a barely detectable chemical called ethylene as they ripen. It’s also often sprayed onto fruits and veggies to make produce ripen faster. To help you figure out which produce to keep apart, we’ve compiled a list of smart storage rules to keep foods fresher longer.
1. Store Cucumbers Away From Fruits: Cucumbers are very sensitive to ethylene gas, the agent which many fruits such as tomatoes, bananas, and melons produce as they ripen. So you should keep cucumbers in a different place away from fruits to protect them.
2. Keep Squash and Pumpkin Away from Apples and Peers: Unlike squash and pumpkins, apples and pears have a short shelf life. So you shouldn’t store squash and pumpkins with other ripening fruits. Because according to Oregon State University Extension Service, it will cause the squash to yellow and go bad.
3. Bag Your Root Veggies: Root vegetables such as carrots, yams, kohlrabi, beets, and onions are some of the most nutrient-dense veggies we can eat since they absorb nutrients from the soil. To retain those good nutrients, store root vegetables in a cool, dark, and humid place. A root cellar is ideal, but if you don’t have one like the most of us, you can place the veggies in a paper or plastic bag in the crisper. If you just place them in the fridge—even in the crisper, they’ll soften and rot a lot quicker.
4. Break Up Your Bananas: Banana hooks may show off bananas in their best light but the problem is, they will all ripen the same time. To overcome this problem, separate the bananas and keep some in the fruit bowl on the counter to ripen and store others bananas in the fridge to delay the ripening process.
5. Don’t Store Onion and Potatoes Together: Don’t store the onions and potatoes together as the onions will cause the potatoes to go bad. It’s best to store items like potatoes in an open-air wicker basket in a cool, dark place to preserve freshness. You can store them in a paper bag but it shouldn’t be any moisture in the container because moisture will make potatoes soften and go bad faster.