Don’t you just love the fall season? The smell of cinnamon in the air and all the tasty foods this season brings. Think apples, pumpkins, cabbage. Some of the best produce is found during this time. The problem is that a lot of the best produce available could get bad quicker than we are able to use it. Here are some tips to help you keep those fall favorites fresh to enjoy all season long.
Don’t wash your fruit and vegetables as soon as you get them home – now I know what you’re thinking, and yes you should wash them before eating, just not when you get home from the supermarket or farmers market. The added moisture will most likely destroy your fresh produce. Instead, store them and wash them with water right before us.
Store your fruits properly – apples and pears can last months. The trick to this is storing them as near to freezing as possible. Individually wrap them and layer them in a container. If you notice condensation, make sure to air them out since the added condensation could spoil them.
If you don’t want to store them for that long, let them sit out over the next few days and eat them as they ripen. Try not to store apples and pears next to potatoes, onions or bananas because the tree fruit gives off ethylene gas and will cause other fruits and vegetables to ripen faster.
Trim your root vegetables – to make your root vegetables last longer, make sure to separate the greens from the root. If you want to save the greens, cut them and wrap them in a paper towel and place them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Store the roots in a cool, dry place away from the sun and they could last up to three weeks.
Keep your pumpkins fresh – pumpkins are easy to store. Just make sure to keep them in a cool, dark place where they should be good for up to six months. It is recommended to store them away from other vegetables.
Follow these tips and you’ll be enjoying the best of fall produce for weeks to come.
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