We’ve all been there: wondering why this tomato, onion, or bunch of asparagus we literally just bought is already going bad. It sometimes feels as though from the time between leaving the market until unloading the packed groceries, some produce has gone bad. Ok, maybe not that literally. Either way, you get the point. Certain produce, like any other living organism, reacts differently to various conditions and climates.
Here are some seven helpful insights on how to properly store your produce.
Garlic can be stored on the counter. Garlic left out is totally acceptable, but just a little nugget of knowledge: leave the clove’s husk, if you will, until you’re ready to cook up that bad boy.
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Onions, like their hombre, Garlic, can be stored on the counter. Don’t put these guys in the fridge as the humidity and colder temperature from the fridge won’t play well with them. They tend to get pretty mushy when left in the fridge.
Some sweet facts: loaded with vitamin C, vitamin B6, iron, folate, and potassium. Heating an onion up doesn’t diminish its nutritional value.
Keep these suckers in a dark place; they flourish in a dark space. Store them in breathable bag like a paper bag. They enjoy breathing, and they enjoy staying in a cool, dark area. They’re pretty emo. Don’t keep them near onions–they tend to make potatoes sprout.
Some sweet facts: loaded with vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, copper, manganese, phosphorus, niacin, fiber.
Some say the best way to store asparagus is to cut a bit off the stem and stand them up in a small cup of water in the fridge. Stays fresh for a couple days.
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Trimming off the green top will actually help carrots stay fresh longer. The green top dehydrates the carrot and will cause the carrot to go limp. No one likes a limp carrot. Store these trimmed, unpeeled carrots in the fridge. For optimal storage, place them in an unsealed ziplock bag.
Some sweet facts: Beta carotene (helps with healthy skin), baby!, alkaline elements, dental health, wound healer.
The ‘cumber hates those winter climates. They’ll get pretty nasty after just a few days. Don’t fridge these guys, and keep them away from bananas, melons, and tomatoes.
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Break up the bunch of bananas and store them on the counter. If you can, wrap the banana up to eliminate the emission of methane gas.
Some sweet facts: methane helps ripen avocados, stabilize blood sugar between meals, more alert.
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