Tricks to keep your fruit fresher for longer
Grapes are perfect for snacking, being used in salads, meals and desserts, so it pays to make sure the little bursts of sunshine are kept fresher for longer. Keeping grapes fresh begins as soon as you unpack your groceries. Before placing the grapes in the fridge, look over the bunch to make sure there are no grapes that are damaged or mouldy. It pays to do that because one rogue grape can spoil the rest.
Be careful not to store beside any odorous foods, as this may affect the taste of your grapes when it comes time to eat. Make sure the grapes are packed loosely, too, as any slight damage will speed up the decaying process.
Buying a big bunch of bananas may seem like an easy and economical way to tick off your 5+ a day, but slowing down the ripening cycle of the fruit favourite is imperative to avoid the fruit going soft and brown – and cut down on your weekly waste. The best way is to keep your bananas as a bunch. Unless you’re about to snack on a banana, don’t be tempted to pull one from the bunch. Keep apples away from bananas, too, as the former speeds up the ripening process of a banana.
Also make sure that if you’re leaving bananas in the fruit bowl, that they’re next to other unripe fruit. That will also help to slow down the ripening process of the bananas.
The humble apple is perfect for eating on the run, as a lunch box filler, or as a simple snack with peanut butter. But it’s time to forget about the fruit bowl as the place to keep your apples, since it can do more bad than good. Instead of putting apples in the fruit bowl, make space for the sweet fruit in your fridge. It’s essential for keeping apples fresher for longer, as the fruit bowl will see the fruit ripen up to ten-times quicker than being chilled in the fridge.
Oranges are easy to keep fresh, since they come in self-contained packaging. But there are some helpful tips to make sure the citrus fruit stays fresher and for longer. That begins with not washing the oranges. Doing so can lead to mould growing on the surface that will speed up the decay of the fruit and early spoilage. Keep the oranges in the mesh bag, which lets the air circulate freely around the oranges to slow down the ripening process. But the choice is yours as to store oranges in the fridge or in a fruit bowl.
Unlike most fruits, pears ripen from the inside out. So, if your pears are soft, then they are most likely overripe. The best way to check for the perfect ripeness is to apply a small amount of pressure to the stem. If it ‘gives’ slightly, the pears are ready for eating. Leave unripe pears at room temperature to ripen up. If you need to stop them ripening, the fridge will prolong their life by up to five days.
The perfect avocado is all in how you store it. If your avocados aren’t ripe, leave the fruit out at room temperature for four to five days, avoiding direct sunlight. Once ripe, there are secrets to making sure none of your avocados go to waste, too. When storing a cut avocado, it’s best to leave the stone in, which will help keep it fresher. That can be helped by squeezing a small amount of lemon juice over the flesh.
Next time you’re feeling guilty about those brown bananas or mouldy grapes, remember to use these tips to cut down on your waste and enjoy your favourite fruit for longer. Just changing the way you store and prepare your fruit will make for big changes.