Fridge hacks will make your fruit and veg last longer. By using a few handy Fridge hacks however, you can make sure your fresh produce lasts longer, so you can save money and prevent unnecessary waste. From washing berries with a mixture of white wine vinegar and water, to blowing air into a plastic bag to keep your salad leaves from wilting, these are the ingenious Fridge hacks that will keep your fruit and veg in tip-top condition that little bit longer.
Bananas will last much longer if you separate each fruit from the stem, instead of keeping them in a cluster. Keeping them off the stem slows down the ripening process and will prevent them going brown too quickly.
DON’T STORE POTATOES, TOMATOES OR GARLIC IN THE FRIDGE
Keep your potatoes, onions and garlic at room temperature or a cool cupboard. Tomatoes should also be kept out of the fridge, as they emit a lot of the gas ethylene which can ripen other fruits very quickly. They will last much longer if kept separately in paper bags in a cupboard.
BLOW AIR INTO SALAD BAG
Usually, it’s best to keep containers with food inside airtight, but the best way to keep salad leaves fresh is to store them in a bag containing plenty of air. However the greens will need to be completely dry for the hack to work. They could last up to a week longer.
KEEP CITRUS FRUITS ON THE COUNTER
Citrus fruits, including oranges, lemons and limes, should be stored away from direct sunlight but will last much longer at room temperature rather than in the fridge. Keeping it on the counter will actually prevent mould from growing too quickly.
STORE BERRIES IN PAPER TOWELS
Removing as much moisture as possible from berries, such as raspberries, after washing them with paper towels will help them last longer. When you wash a punnet of berries, many of us put the ones we’re not using back in the fridge ready for another day. But leaving them in a container full of moisture will lead to mould growing much more quickly. Patting them dry after washing them with a paper towel, before storing the ones you’re not eating in a dry plastic container on a few more paper towels.
KEEP PEPPERS IN A PAPER BAG
A paper bag is the best environment for bell peppers, as it will reduce the build-up of moisture and prevent them from wrinkling too quickly. It’s also wise to store apples, potatoes and onions in paper bags too for the same reason.
CLEAN FRUIT WITH WHITE WINE VINEGAR
It’s best to wash your fruit not just with water but with a little vinegar too. Using a ratio of one cup of water to one tablespoon of vinegar.Vinegar helps to prevent mould, remove any pesticide residue and make your fruit last longer.