- Store fruits and vegetables properly
- Store fruits & vegetables properly: More tips
Fruits and vegetables are indispensable for a balanced and healthy diet. Both provide us with important nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and fiber. Incorrect storage can spoil fruit and vegetables quickly. In addition, especially vitamins are particularly sensitive to temperature and light. If fruits or vegetables are stored incorrectly, most of the vitamins are lost.
We'll show you how to best store your fruits and vegetables so they stay fresh and full of healthy ingredients for a long time.
Keep fruits and vegetables properly
Different types of fruit and vegetables can not all be stored in the same way. Depending on the origin and ingredients of the food play especially the right one temperature as well as the humidity an important role.
The right temperature is crucial
To determine if a food item is in the fridge or not, ask yourself where the food originally came from. For example, fruit and vegetables from Germany can usually be kept safely in the fridge.
In contrast, tropical fruits such as bananas or melons do not belong in the fridge. Because of the cold, the cell tissue of the fruits can be damaged - bananas, for example, get brown spots in the refrigerator. Southern fruits and vegetables should generally be stored at a temperature between 8 and 13 degrees.
If fruits or vegetables are stored in too warm a place, they may have lost up to 70 percent of their vitamins after only two days. In addition to heat, vitamins also react particularly sensitively to light. Therefore, fruits and vegetables that are not in the fridge should be stored in dark places.
Fruits and vegetables: Store in the fridge
The following fruits and vegetables can be stored safely in the refrigerator:
- Fruit: Apricots, pears, peaches, nectarines, cherries, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, gooseberries, currants, grapes, kiwis and plums
- Vegetables: Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, kohlrabi, mushrooms, corn, leeks, lettuce, spinach, radishes, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, Chinese cabbage and peas
Incidentally, fruits that are stored in the fridge should be best served in one open plastic bag be laid so that the fruits do not dry out.
Please do not store in the fridge
Somewhat warmer - the ideal temperature varies between 8 and 13 degrees, depending on the variety - but the following fruits and vegetables should be stored:
- Fruit: Melons, mangoes, lemons, papayas, grapefruit and pineapple
- Vegetables: Tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, onions, potatoes, garlic and eggplant
For their storage, especially the offer basement, cellar or the pantry on.If there is no cellar or a cool pantry available, it is better to keep the fruit and vegetables at room temperature a bit too warm than to store too cold in the fridge.
Incidentally, bananas are even warmer, which should be kept at a temperature between 12 and 15 degrees.
Store fruit properly
apples: Apples grow crumbly over time as they lose water. Therefore, apples should best be stored in a room with high humidity, such as in the basement. Apples should never be stored together with other fruit as they release large amounts of ethylene.
bananas: Bananas are not in the fridge, because they quickly get brown spots. In a dry place, they last about three to four days.
strawberries: Strawberries should always be stored cool, preferably in the fridge. Since they are very sensitive, they keep them only about two days. Strawberries should also be stored in such a way that they are not under any pressure, otherwise the sweet fruits may easily get bruised.
melons: Melons are best stored in the cellar or in a cool pantry. If the melon is already cut, it should best be kept wrapped in cling film.
plums: Prunes should be stored in the refrigerator best unwashed. Because the white layer surrounding the plums protects the fruits from drying out.
Grapes: Just like plums, grapes should not be washed until immediately before consumption. Otherwise, the grapes dry out faster.
Store vegetables properly
cucumbers: Cucumbers should not be stored in the fridge, as they are the freshest at a room temperature of about 15 degrees. Therefore, cucumbers are best stored in the basement or in the pantry.
carrots: Carrots can be stored in the fridge - preferably in a plastic bag with holes. Before, however, the green should be removed from the carrots as it removes water from the vegetables and makes the carrots shrivel.
Asparagus: Asparagus should always be consumed as fresh as possible. In the fridge, it keeps best if it was previously wrapped in a kitchen towel.
Tomatoes: Tomatoes do not belong in the fridge, because they easily mold. They should be stored in a cool and dry place. Tomatoes should never be stored together with other vegetables because they release large amounts of ethylene.
Zucchini: Zucchini should not be stored in the refrigerator as they are sensitive to cold. They are best kept when stored in a cool and shady place.