21 Sep 2020
Storing your veggies the right way at home is the surest way to put you on the path to reduce food waste, and save money! With farmtheory’s handy tips on how to reduce food waste at home alongside meal planning of your favourite ingredients, you can eradicate food waste at home!
Start by storing your produce the right way intentionally. It might take some time to make this a daily routine, but it is super easy to follow with farmtheory’s Storage Guide! (View now!)
Store items away from sunlight, heat and moisture.
Items stored on the counter should be kept loosely and can be kept in baskets.
Store Basil in a water jar on the counter, this is a great way to propagate them too!
Store tomatoes at room temperatures to retain the flavour and aroma, refrigerated tomatoes develop a mealy texture over time and lose their flavour.
The best way to store bananas is at room temperature, not in the fridge, especially when they're green and haven’t ripened yet.
PRO TIP: Apples, bananas and pears naturally release ethylene gas as they ripen, which makes produce nearby ripen too. You can use this in your favour! Throw in a stubborn avocado or guava with a banana/apple in a paper bag, it should be ready to eat in a day or two.
Avocados can be tricky to deal with. Keep your avocado in the fridge to slow down the ripening process or leave it on the counter to allow it to ripen further (don’t forget to use a banana to fasten the ripening!).
Items stored in the pantry should be kept in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place away from moisture and sunlight.
PRO TIP: Separate onions and potatoes since onions will make the potatoes sprout faster.
Always store greens like lettuce and spinach in an airtight container with paper towels to preserve them for longer.
Store cut or peeled produce only in the fridge.
Store greens like Cilantro, Parsley and Mint in a water jar inside the fridge.
Apples are not a fan of warmth, so it is best to store them in the fridge, specifically the crisper drawer.
Keep mushrooms in a paper bag.
Store your root vegetables with their tops off, since tops will drain water from the roots and make them go bad faster
Are your bananas ripening faster than you can eat them? Peel and cut the ones that are on the verge of going bad and freeze it! You can enjoy a chilled banana smoothie, banana bread (duh) or even ice cream (with a dash of Nutella!)
Want to become a pro at storing your veggies, while saving your favourite produce from reaching the bin? Download our storage guide! Learn the fastest and easiest ways of storing your fresh produce, at a glance!
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