Why You Need To Store Food Effectively
South Africa is facing a massive socio-economic challenge resulting from the ongoing lockdown and the fact that many people have lost their source of income and are now struggling to afford basic food necessities. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA), while many people don’t have enough to eat on a daily basis, South Africans waste one-third of all food in the country – approximately 10 million tons of food a year. Vegetables and fruit comprise 44% of this food wastage. One of the main reasons for this is that we don’t store our food effectively.
Here are four great ways to increase the shelf life of your fruit and vegetables:
Store Items In Breathable Bags
Using natural cotton bags (muslin) can extend the lifespan of your fruit and vegetables, as it allows them to absorb moisture and air. When kept in sealed bags, fresh produce breaks down and rots quicker. Breathable bags keep fruit and vegetables crisp and fresh for longer.
Separate Your Bananas
Separating a bunch of bananas and wrapping each stem in cling wrap extends their lifespan. By wrapping the crown of a bunch, you slow down the ripening process. For optimum results, separate the bananas and wrap them individually. You can also slice them up and rest the sides in lemon juice to prevent browning.
Learn More About Your Fridge’s Technology
LG’s InstaView Fridge has nifty features that help store fresh produce for longer. Different produce requires different temperatures to prolong their lifespan. Fruit and vegetables vary in temperature sensitivity, which is why the FRESHBalancer feature on the LG InstaView Fridge helps ensure your produce is stored at the correct temperature.
With a simple switch, FRESHBalancer keeps your vegetables and fruit in their optimal condition by adjusting the amount of humidity. You can find out more about setting the ideal temperature here.
For produce that requires specific moisture and airflow to prolong freshness, the Moist Balance Crisper is an innovative lattice-patterned box cover which maintains the moisture at the optimal level. This is especially useful for keeping your salad greens fresher for longer.
Keep Tomatoes Out Of The Fridge
Many of us often make the mistake of storing tomatoes in the fridge. Not only is this unnecessary, but it actually reduces the flavour of the tomatoes and makes their texture deteriorate more quickly. Instead, put them in a bowl that you have lined with a paper towel. If you have bought stemmed tomatoes, ensure the stems are at the top when you place them in the bowl.
You can also keep avocados, bananas, peaches, nectarines, pears and plums on the counter until they are ripe, then put them into the fridge if you’re not yet ready to eat them.