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Tips to increase the shelf life of fruits & vegetables
Fruits and veggies are fresh produce, which is not only sold as fresh goods, but they also need to be consumed while they are still fresh. The problem with organic fruits & vegetable is that it significantly shortens the shelf life of food as it is not being treated with any preservatives. However, there are certain hacks and techniques you can use to extend the life of your fruits and veggies.

Remove excess moisture.
If vegetables are wet when you buy them, make sure to pat the produce dry before storing them. You can also wrap produce in a lint-free kitchen towel or line the storage bag with a paper towel to absorb any remaining moisture. But, ensure you remove the wet paper towel once it has absorbed the moisture. 

Don’t just place items in the fridge.
Place fruits and vegetables in a plastic produce bag, zip-top bags, cotton bags, or in microfiber reusable bags or wrap produce in a lint-free kitchen towel. You can place produce directly in the produce drawer, but still, it is always best to place each item in a separate bag before placing it in the fridge.

More hacks for increasing shelf life of vegetables and fruits.

  • Leafy vegetables such as spinach must be rinsed and wrapped in clean paper and stored.
  • Herbs like coriander and mint should be store after the roots are cut and only washed just before use. 
  • Removing the leaves from root vegetables like radish, carrots and beets extend their shelf life. 
  • Potatoes and onions should not be stored together. Onions, garlic, and ginger must be stored in a cool, dry, and open space. Whereas Potatoes should be stored in a cool, dry, and dark space or a space where there is no direct sunlight. 
  • Unripe tomatoes should be stored at room temperature away from sunlight and once they ripen uniformly, store them in the refrigerator.
  • Fruits and vegetables should be kept separately in the refrigerator. Fruits release ethylene a ripening agent that may prematurely ripen the vegetables. 
  • Ladies’ finger or Okra, should not be stored for long in the refrigerator as they end up turning black.
  • Try to use bags that have holes in them or are able to circulate air. The flow of air keeps fruits and vegetables from decaying and inturn increases their shelf life.
Remember that humidity and moisture can cause your fruits and vegetables to rot quicker than they would normally, so make sure that if you are storing them in the fridge you give them a mid week check to ensure that there is no moisture in them. If there is moisture change them to a new bag. 

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