How to Store Fruits to Maximize Their Freshness
Different fruits have very different needs when it comes to staying at their prime. Some do best just sitting out on the counter, but others require airtight storage and cold air to keep their taste and color. If you're good with eating your fruits in a timely fashion, you'll most likely be fine with any number of storage options, but for those to whom a pint of strawberries just never gets eaten quickly enough, here's a simple guide to keeping all your fruits at their finest!
General Storage Tips
- Keeping perfectly ripened fruit in the fridge is generally a good way of extending it's life.
- Don't overcrowd your fridge! Even if your fridge is adequately cool, overcrowding will reduce the circulation of cold air around your produce.
- If you want to hasten the ripening process for fruits that you buy, put it in a paper bag at room temperature with an apple or pear! These fruits emit ethylene gases that cause other produce to ripen more quickly. (Conversely, if you don't want to hasten the process, this is also a good reason to store your produce separately from each other!)
Specific Storage Tips