Do your fruits and vegetables always go bad before you eat them? Follow these simple storage tips to preserve the taste and help them live longer.
· Not all fruit and veg benefit from being kept in the cold- as a general rule; if it’s tropical, don’t keep in the refrigerator. Mangoes, avocados and bananas are all good examples of this.
· Fruits such as apricots, peaches, nectarines and pears give off a natural gas that causes other fruit and veg to ripen more quickly. Broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber and carrots are affected and if already ripe they should be kept separately or they’ll perish.
· To increase the life of bagged salads, rinse leaves, drain and put into a shallow container. Drape a piece of damp kitchen paper over, cover and chill.
· Keep herbs fresh- removes from packaging, roll tightly in damp kitchen and then in cling film.
· Don’t use foil to wrap high-acidity foods such as rhubarb, sliced tomato, citrus fruits or cabbage. The aluminum will affect the taste.