Thursday, March 26, 2015

You put WHAT WHERE !?

Now that the weather is changing and the farmers are bringing in some of the best veggies. It's hard not to want to buy them all. But if what you are doing is wasting more than what you are using it might be partly from the way you are storing them.

If your like me, you might think that because of the cute little storage bins in the fridge marked for "freshness" that you can put in anything and it just stays fresh. Well that may not be the best theory to follow.

And as it turns out, the refrigerator is not the go-to storage unit for all your produce. Below I am going to give you some common foods that should not be kept in the fridge and I will tell you why!

-If you’ve ever grown tomatoes, then you know that they love the heat and hate the cold. Turns out even after they’re plucked from the vine, they still hold their aversion to cold.The fridge is not the ideal place to store tomatoes.If you store them in the fridge your perfect tomatoes turn into a disappointment. They’ll still be good for cooking, but not the best for eating fresh. Instead store them on your counter but not in direct sunlight and enjoy them when they’re ripe.

-Tomatoes and basil cook well together and they also store the same way. Basil loves the heat, so extended periods of time in a cold environment like a refrigerator causes it to wilt prematurely. Basil will do best if it’s stored on your counter and treated as you would fresh cut-flowers. But don't do what I do with flowers and forget about them. A fresh bunch of basil can be stored for in a cup of water and change it every day or two. Be sure to keep it away from direct sunlight.

-Potatoes like cool, not cold temperatures. They do best at around 45 degrees F, which is about 10 degrees warmer than the average refrigerator. Most of us don't have a dark room in a basement but there is an easy way to mimic this. Place your potatoes in a PAPER bag and put into the pantry. You want to use paper not plastic because it is more breathable. And the reason to leave out of the fridge is because storing potatoes at cold temperatures converts their starch to sugar more quickly, which can affect the flavor, texture and the way they cook.

-Onions don’t come out of the ground with that protective papery skin. In need to be developed. In order to do that it needs to be kept in a dry environment so the shell can "cure". You want to keep them in the pantry which is not as damp as the refrigerator.Lack of air circulation will cause onions to spoil, as will storing them near potatoes, which give off moisture and gas that can cause onions to spoil quickly. Store onions in a cool, dry, dark, well-ventilated place. Light can cause the onions to become bitter in taste.

-Avocados don’t start to ripen until after they’re picked from the tree. But if you’re buying a rock-hard avocado, don’t store it in your refrigerator. The fridge will slow the ripening process. On the other hand, if you have a perfectly ripe avocado that you’re not ready to use, storing it in the refrigerator may work to your advantage by prolonging your window of opportunity to use it before it becomes overripe.

Make sure that you are taking good care of your fresh foods so you don't waste any. Many of these foods are stored for a while if kept in the right conditions which increases the life span for you to enjoy them longer !

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