5 tips to protect fruits and vegetables from heat

Heatwave, rising thermostat and humidity present, fruits and vegetables can be abused in summer. Here are some tips to keep them at best in case of strong heat.

Vacuum storage, freezing, fermentation… You may be adept at one of these anti-waste techniques to preserve your fruits and vegetables. In summer, however, the sunny days make the place of seasonal products. Zucchini, eggplants, peaches, tomatoes … Choosing them well is not enough, yet, it is necessary to know how to preserve fruits and vegetables to preserve them from the strong heat.

What fruits and vegetables to put in the refrigerator?

In summer, it is often advisable to shop more regularly, in order to favor fresh products. To counter the heat, we may then be tempted to fill our refrigerator with our latest purchases. A bad habit that is often mistaken. And yes, not all fruits and vegetables find their place there! This is the case for products that are not ripe, exotic fruits such as mango, banana, or avocado, and tomatoes that do not tolerate temperature changes. The cold sometimes tends to make vegetables wither or remove the flavors of fruits, so it is better to keep them in ambient heat, in a basket, or small cups in the shade and cool. To prevent midges from attacking fruits and vegetables, remember to put a bell above your baskets. The rest is kept in the vegetable tray (bottom compartment), a place that stays cool without being cold.

How to preserve fruits and vegetables from moisture?

Stored in the open air, fruits and vegetables are subject to moisture. To prevent this from affecting your products, you can slide a sheet of absorbent paper or a cork to the bottom of the recycle bin. This will absorb the surplus and keep your fruits and vegetables a little longer.

Learn how to store your fruits and vegetables

As not all fruits and vegetables go to the fridge, some products are to be kept separately. Indeed, like apples, some fruits release ethylene, a gas that alters other products by continuing to ripen them and that, in the long run, will cause them to rot. To avoid this, tomatoes, bananas, grapes, avocados, mangoes, peaches, apricots, or bananas, alone in a separate basket, will be placed. Besides, to keep your bananas longer remember to keep them in bunches! On the vegetable side, it is the onion that should not be mixed.

Cut fruit: how to store it?

The essential recipe of the summer is obviously the salad. Tomatoes and pecans, broccoli and red peppers, watermelon, feta, and watercress … To make this mixture, it is sometimes not necessary to use whole fruit or vegetable. In order to preserve the rest in order to concoct another salad, you can place the products, washed and cut, in airtight boxes and then place them in the refrigerator. A tip that will save you time on the preparation of your next meal. However, if you don’t own a Tupperware battery ®, you can simply keep the cut fruits and vegetables in food film or aluminum foil.

Overripe fruit: what to do to preserve them?

Peach or grapes are products that tend to ripen quite quickly. If you haven’t had a chance to eat them before getting to this point, don’t throw them away. Once spotted in the trash, put them aside. A reflex to adopt to prevent the rest of the fruits and vegetables from degrading. By placing them in the refrigerator you can extend their storage for a short day to then make delicious dishes!

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