Storing fruits and vegetables at home: what should be kept in the refrigerator and what should be kept at room temperature?

“Different types of vegetables and fruits require appropriate storage conditions. Some should be kept in the refrigerator, others out of direct sunlight, others at room temperature, and others soaked in water. That’s why we need to fight food waste and know how to store various products in order to keep fruits and vegetables as fresh and high-quality as possible,” says the food expert.

According to V. Yuodkazienie, how to store vegetables or fruits is recommended depending on their location in stores: if sardines, parsley or various salads are placed in refrigerators in markets, it means that the conditions for storing these products in the refrigerator are favorable. If we see that the products are placed on ordinary shelves – in this case, it may be necessary to store them at room temperature even at home.

Separate storage places for onions and potatoes

One of the most important things, according to the nutritionist, is not to keep certain fruits and vegetables together. Ripe fruits release ethylene gas, which causes nearby vegetables to ripen and spoil faster. For example, potatoes, onions and garlic are best stored in a cool, dark place. However, keeping onions and potatoes together is not a good idea because onions produce certain substances that make potatoes grow faster.

“Unripe fruits should be stored at room temperature so that they ripen fully. Putting them in a plain paper bag will speed up the process even more. This rule applies to avocados, kiwis, mangoes, plums, peaches and plums. Also, if you want to ripen the avocado faster and don’t want to wait for it to ripen by itself, put the banana together with the avocado in a paper bag,” advises V. Juodkazyene.

Fresh Herbs: Dill, parsley or mint keep well after soaking in water in the fridge. An exception is for basil, which should be kept in a window to receive exposure light after soaking. If there is not enough space in the refrigerator, you can wrap the herb stems in paper or a cloth soaked in water – this will provide moisture and the herbs will last longer.

Fruits and vegetables

To make it easier to remember how to store vegetables, berries or fruits, a food expert offers a short reminder:

At room temperature. This is the best way to store tomatoes. After picking a tomato, up to 100 more chemical reactions take place inside it, and tomatoes stored at room temperature ripen and wither. Mangoes, plums, peaches, pears, apricots, dates, bananas, citrus fruits, or avocados can be ripened in a brown paper bag at room temperature, and refrigerated when ripe.

In the refrigerator. Better stick to apples here. Also, it’s best to store smidgens in the fridge, best to put them in the fridge wrapped in a damp paper towel – this way they stay crisp for a long time. Carrots, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers and lettuce also store well in the refrigerator. It is advisable to store various berries in the refrigerator: grapes, blueberries, strawberries. True, it is better to leave the berries in the boxes they were sold in and wash them only before eating.

In a cool, dry place. It is better to store onions, garlic or potatoes in a cool, dry place, not in the refrigerator. The same rule applies to bananas or eggplants – the latter should usually be consumed within a few days of purchase.

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