How to Clean and Store Fresh Produce

We’d all love to eat a little healthier, wouldn’t we? But when it comes to fresh produce, the process of cleaning and storing prove to be enough of a hassle to push us towards the more convenient processed foods. If you have been managing a house for a while, chances are you have already developed some strategies to keep your fruits and veggies clean and fresh for as long as possible. Whether you’re looking for more tips or are just wrapping your head around the basics, this article is the one for you.

Cleaning Tips

Cleaning our food and vegetables is probably the most crucial step between buying and storing them. It’s generally not the best idea to wash these organic goods with soap, so how can you get rid of the pesticides and the dirt that’s on them? Well, when it comes to leafy greens like lettuce, Cappucci, spinach, and the likes, it’s probably best if you let them sit beneath running cold water. After that put them into a bowl, fill it with water, then add a dash of vinegar. The vinegar will act as a cleaning agent that will clean them for you. 

Storage Suggestions

One of the most important things to know about storing organic food is that they fall into two categories; ethylene-producing and ethylene-sensitive. These are two gases that certain veggies and fruits contain, the problem is that these gases cannot be in the same place together. This is why it’s important to separate them. So, it’s best that you keep your tomatoes, mango, apricots, melons, pears, avocados, and peaches in the same drawer since they release ethylene. While carrots, apples, cucumbers, leafy greens, eggplants, and potatoes can be stored together in the same place because they’re ethylene-sensitive. 

Tips and Tricks

You can also always use lemons and salt to clean any kind of dirty fruit or vegetable. All you need to do is to leave them soaking in the water that has the salt, lemons, or both of them together. Also, if you want to keep your leafy greens for a longer time, then you might want to place them on a wet tissue then put them into a container and keep them in the fridge. This also applies to herbs, so you can have fresh herbs for weeks. You also need to know that it’s best to store foods like onions, potatoes, and bananas inside the kitchen where they can be stored at a suitable room temperature. Don’t put them in the fridge because that might spoil them.

All in all, cleaning and storing fresh produce is an enjoyable task. You get to learn more about the food that you eat and how to clean and store it at your own pace. It also becomes less difficult to store them once you know why they should be kept outside the fridge, or why some fresh produce can’t be in the same place and need to be separated. Finally, remember to use organic cleaning agents like vinegar, salt, and lemon instead of soap when cleaning your food.