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.

Many can complain about tons of things these days, the prices of food going up, the prices of petrol going up. I mean there are endless things to complain about but if there's one thing I do know, when it comes to food - everyone has been taken aback by all the changes that are being made to food. Processed food, unnecessary additives, brine and more so there is nothing better to give you peace of mind than Fresh Produce Spots.

One thing that is a complaining factor when it comes to food is that food has become almost toxic to our health, but we have to eat right. To starve to death or eat the unhealthy stuff? Not really much of a choice, however you can choose to make better and wiser decisions.

Changes...Change Is Good Right?

Many people are going organic and even some growing their own foods or are trying to find better ways to approach their eating habits by buying better foods. Yes! Eating the unhealthy stuff is quite yummy, but the best step to take would be buying fresh produce.

Let's check out some cool places that you can visit to buy amazing fresh foods...

Fresh Produce Spots

Jackson's Real Food Market

Ever been to a food market in America? Well! if you haven't, Jackson's Real Food Market is the epitome of what the look and feel of the stores in the US go for.

The market is situated in two areas in Johannesburg, which include Kyalami and Bryanston so you have more options, or better yet - order online. They have an option to buy your groceries online, however there is a perk to visiting their store - they have an amazing eatery with the best menu. Their super generous menu really makes it very difficult to choose what you want.

Fresh Produce Spots

Freshly Grown

Freshly Grown is a unique concept that allows you to buy a select box of fresh fruits and vegetables online.

The online stores is open on Monday and closes on Tuesday at 12:00 so you can make it your to do list for Monday. You get to choose a variety from their colour box, salad box, veges for 2 and even 4. It's a really cool concept!

They also have meat options and may I add that they also have the South African favourite, biltong. Can I get a yay! Freshly Grown also has bakery goods, some pantry items, fresh herbs - you can check out their options on their page.

Fresh Produce Spots

Bryanston Organic & Natural Market

If you are more of an alternative route type of person then the Bryanston Organic & Natural Market is the place too buy your stack of fresh goods.

They have really cool stalls with fresh foods situated in a market that has become one of Joburg's favourite so if you want to hit two birds with one store, this is the place to do it. You can find anything from fruits, vegetables, chopped relishes and spice - it's quite a mix. Definitely a fresh produce spot you should know.

Now, let's explore, switch things up, make better choices and be inspired to cook, chop and get creative with the idea of making good food.

{Featured Image By Jackson's Real Food Market}

Preserving a treasured legacy, Leafy Greens will enable people to come back to life, eating living foods. To eat simply. To grow their own food; or at least know where our food comes from, ultimately empowering ourselves as we truly savour the beauty of each fruit and vegetable; bringing the authentic flavours of vegetables, fruits and herbs to their fullness and enjoy them for health and longevity.