No one likes a soggy carrot. Or wilting lettuce. Or cucumbers that have lost their crispy crunch. But it’s hot and humid out there so, like many of us, you are wondering how to keep your favorite summer fruits and veggies from going bad before you get the chance to enjoy them. While it’s not as complex as, say the Da Vinci Code, fruit and vegetable storage does have its little tricks; while some need to be left alone, others require proper handling and refrigeration. Not all fruits and veggies are created equal. With that in mind, here are 9 tips on how to store fruits and vegetables, which will not only save your produce, but also your wallet.
1. Pass on the Gas
When storing fruits and vegetables, it’s crucial to know about ethylene gas, which some fruits produce while ripening while other, more delicate veggies such as leafy greens, will spoil when exposed to it. Learn which is which and keep your ethylene producers away from the easily spoiled produce.