How to increase shelf-life of vegetables-Storing fresh vegetables

  1. Storing fresh vegetables

In kitchen management it is a constant challenge is on storing fresh vegetables. Quality of food is directly linked with quality of vegetables. Like most of you, vegetables in my weekly purchase and it. is important to store them properly so that they stay fresh. Here are few things that I follow. If you have any interesting story/information around this, do share with me.

  1.  Carrot
    • Cut edges of the carrots and store them in a water filled leak proof container in fridge. Change water every 2 days. Carrots would stay fresh.
  2. Chili
    • Remove the stem and separate greens ones from red. Use the red ones first.
    • Place a small sheet of newspaper or paper towel at the bottom of the container and place the chili. At the top also cover with a small piece of newspaper. Newspaper absorbs the excess moisture and keeps the chilies fresh.
  3. Ginger
    • Mature ginger stays for months when covered with dry sand
    • In a small bowl store the dry sand and bury the ginger in the sand. Take out when needed.
    • Store this bowl in a cool dry place
  4. Peas
    • Peel the peas and remove them from the pods.
    • You can simply store them in a zip-lock bag in a freezer.
    • Stays good for months
  5. Lemon
    • Choose only fresh bright lemons that does not have any bruise or cuts.
    • Wipe them in a clean cloth.
    • In an airtight container, add some newspaper at the bottom of the container.
    • Add the lemons in the container
    • Seal the container with another layer of newspaper at the top.
    • Keep in the fridge.
  6. Herbs (Coriander, mint, curry leaves, basil)
    • Remove the roots if any
    • Ensure that there is no water in the herbs.
    • If water exists, spread them gently on a newspaper till water evaporates naturally
    • Roll them in a newspaper gently. Leave space inside for the herb to breathe.
    • Store in air tight containers in the fridge.
  7. Drum sticks
    • Ensure that drum sticks are dry, if not wipe with a cloth.
    • Cut them in to 1 inch size
    • In an airtight container, add some newspaper at the bottom of the container.
    • Add the drum stick pieces in the container
    • Seal the container with another layer of newspaper at the top.
    • Keep in the fridge.
  8. Greens
    • Ensure that greens are dry with no water. Spread them and allow water to evaporate, if needed.
    • Roll the greens in newspaper without squeezing them
    • Roll them in a newspaper gently. Leave space inside for the greens to breathe.
    • Store in air tight containers in the fridge.
  9. Onion, Garlic and Potato
    • Store them in cool dry place in separate baskets.
    • Keeping them in same basket will make them rot faster.
  10. Ripe mango or Ripe Papaya
    • Wrap a newspaper over them and store in fridge on the lower compartments.
  11. Raw banana
    • Immerse them in normal water with head fully dipped in water.
    • Will keep upto 4 days without ripening.

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