When it comes to food freshness is everything, however, we can’t always buy food as soon as we need to use it, and this is particularly true for veggies. So what can we do to make sure our vegetables remain fresh and are as delicious in a week as the day we first bought them? Ultimately, it all comes down to storage, which is why today we’d like to share some key tips for storing veggies. That way you will be able to store your food for longer periods and rest assured it’ll still taste great.
It’s better to store whole vegetables
If a vegetable is whole it’ll take longer for it to go bad and its flavor is less likely to be affected. When we chop or slice a vegetable various things happen to it all at once. First and foremost more of its inner “flesh” is exposed which means it’ll be in contact with air and any substances that happen to be on it. This can result in foreign odors getting stuck to it, and immediately changing its flavor.
However, cutting vegetables also results in their cells breaking down which affects their composition in various ways. For most vegetables, this will affect their nutritional values, but it also makes them more fragile. That is to say, a chopped vegetable is much more likely to spoil than a whole one. So if you want to make the most out of your veggies try to store them whole and always use them in a single serving.
Not all vegetables need to go to the fridge
It’s easy to assume that all vegetables will fare better if we drop them into our fridge, but this isn’t the case. Different foods have different ideal conditions for their storage, and this means a fair amount of veggies will fare better if we store them outside of our fridge.
Vegetables like onions, shallots, and garlic prefer to stay at room temperature and in a dry environment. In other words, your humid and cold fridge is a little too much for them, and if you leave them there they’ll likely go stale faster. So next time you buy a root veggie leave it in your pantry without a worry. They will likely last weeks on your pantry compared to how they’ll fare on the fridge.
Making the most out of your fridge
Most fridges are designed with vegetable storage in mind even if you don’t realize it, so using your fridge the right way is the main key to ensuring your veggies remain in top shape.
Most fridges have a crisper drawer, a compartment designed specifically to store vegetables. Not only that but most of them can even be adjusted for your needs. If your drawer has adjustable vents this means you can change the humidity to suit your needs, closed vents mean higher humidity which is ideal for vegetables, while open vents result in a reduced humidity, something fruits will enjoy. So make sure to store vegetables in the right area of your fridge and even if you don’t do much else this will extend the shelf life of your veggies considerably.