You may have just returned from the grocery store with a whole bag full of green goodness. When you've reached home and you stare at the good buy you've made, you ask yourself, 'how am I going to keep vegetables fresh? How am I going to keep fruits fresh?' When you've bought more than you can consume within a few days, you know that some of it is definitely going to get spoiled and wasted.
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables often lose their firmness, dis-colour or begin to rot when left out in the open or not stored properly. One of the main reasons for such degradation is 'ethylene'. It is a natural ripening hormone that is secreted in the form of gas by all fresh produce. Ethylene production varies by type of fresh produce and can affect anything fresh that's stored around it. Even one part of ethylene in a million parts of air is able to start the process of ripening and eventual decay. The only way to keep vegetables fresh or keep fruits fresh(recettes bernard loiseau) is by making sure they are not exposed to ethylene and hence degradation and damage.
When we store food we tend to put all our storage in one place or one compartment. One important fact to bear in mind when you want to keep fruits fresh and keep vegetables fresh is that you should separate these from each other. Fruits are known to produce more ethylene than vegetables. Ethylene from one particular type of food can also affect the others stored around it. Such placement and storage practices are employed when ethylene producing foods are used to ripen ethylene sensitive foods. If that is not the intention, proper care should be taken to store them separately so you can keep fruit fresh and keep vegetables fresh for longer.
Ethylene producing fruits and vegetables- Apples, apricots, asian pears, avocados, cherimoya, nectarines, papaya, peaches, pears, cantaloupe, asian pears, green onions, pineapple, kiwi, mangoes, melons.
- Fruits produce more ethylene than vegetables. When fruits are stored along with the sensitive vegetables, the vegetables get decayed faster. Hence, always store your fruits and vegetables separately in your fridge in order to keep your fruits and to keep your vegetables fresh.
- Never store your fresh fruits or vegetables in polythene bags. Because the ethylene gas produced by them then gets collected in the polythene bags thus, causing the fruits and vegetables to lose their freshness and decay faster. If you want to store them in polythene bags, then create perforations on them by punching holes on them, so the ethylene gas produced can escape. This way your gorgeous fresh fruits and vegetables will remain fresh and luscious longer.
- Diced fruits and vegetables produce 100 percent times more ethylene gas. If these are kept with the other fruits and vegetables, the fresh ones maybe spoiled within a couple of days.
- In order to keep fruits fresh and to keep vegetables fresh, diced fruits and vegetables should be kept in airtight containers. This will prevent the ethylene gas produced from escaping and affecting the neighboring fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Ethylene production is very high in over ripened and rotten fruits and vegetables, " "one rotten apple spoils the whole barrel" goes the old saying. Science has discovered that high amount of ethylene produced by a rotten apple can spoil the whole basket within 1-2 days. Keep such produce out of your refrigerator.
- Cooked vegetables also produce very high amount of ethylene and this will affect the neighboring fresh fruits and vegetables kept in the fridge. In order to keep fruits fresh and to keep vegetables fresh always store any leftover cooked food in air tight containers.