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You love fruits and your cart is bursting with colourful fruits and veggies, but days later, they have gone bad and you have wasted your money. The problem is most likely due to your storage style. This said, you can use these smart storage rules to keep foods fresher longer.

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Cucumbers stand alone

Many fruits, such as tomatoes, bananas, and melons, produce ethylene gas, a ripening agent that speeds up spoilage. Cucumbers are super sensitive to this ethylene gas, so they need their own place or they’ll spoil faster. They’re actually more suited to hanging out on the counter than in the drawer, but if you want cold cucumbers, you can store them for a few days in the fridge (away from fruits).

Separate your apples and oranges

Apples and oranges are not friends. Again, they give off a gas called ethylene, the ripening agent that will lead to faster spoilage of the produce around it. Store apples in the fridge if you want to extend their shelf life. Oranges stored in the fridge (away from apples) should be placed in a bag so that air can circulate around them. Plastic bags will only make oranges moldy.

Break up your bananas

Banana hooks may show off bananas in their best light but the problem is, they will all ripen the same time, which means you’re either eating bananas for two days straight or tossing the rotting ones. Here’s a solution: Break up the bunch. Keep some in the fruit bowl on the counter to ripen and store others bananas in the fridge to delay the ripening process. If you missed your chance and you’ve got a glut of spotted bananas, use them in banana bread or toss them in the freezer to make banana ice cream.

Don’t let onions and potatoes mingle

Fried potatoes and onions are a great combo but don’t store them together before you cook them, as the onions will cause the potatoes to go bad. It’s best to store items like potatoes and squash in a dark place to preserve freshness. You can store them in a paper bag, but just make sure they’re in a container where moisture or condensation can’t build up, which would make them soften and go bad faster. A friendly neighbour for onions is garlic. They can be stored near each other without ripening or spoiling. Just store them in a well-ventilated space, and keep the paper-like skin of the garlic intact until use.

Tomatoes hate the fridge

A freshly picked garden tomato is undeniably delicious, but too much time in the fridge can make it mushy and bland-tasting. Tomatoes can be stored in the fridge for two or three days but once you cut into it any unused tomato or any fruit and veggie should be placed back in the fridge to slow down the growth of harmful bacteria. But tomatoes kept at room temperature have more flavour.

By Damilola Faustino

Read also: Top Rules For Effective Food Combination

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