How to keep apples, cucumbers, and berries fresh for weeks

Here is what you need to know to keep these three fresh favorites edible at home for weeks

 

apples can be trouble makers

Apples can be stored at room temperature on the counter for a few days.  If you’re planning to keep them 3 days or more, store them in the refrigerator BUT be careful what other fruits and vegetables you put them next to. Apples naturally produce high levels of ethylene on their own.  This means apples can cause other fruits and vegetables that have a high sensitivity to ethylene to spoil much faster, especially organic.  Store apples away from ethylene absorbing fruits and vegetables to protect the sensitive ones from speedy ripening and decay. By the way, this concept applies both inside and outside the refrigerator.  So you may want to re-think the fruit bowl on the table.  Here are 12 fruits that play well together in a fruit bowl (meaning they are less likely to trigger each other to spoil quickly). 

 

cucumbers stand alone

If you plan to eat cucumbers within 1-2 days, keep them outside of the refrigerator in a cool, dry place stacked, just like you might find them at the grocery store. Cucumbers like moisture.  Wrap your cucumbers in a moist paper towel or damp cloth and store in the refrigerator for longer storage.  Cucumbers are super sensitive to ethylene gas, so be careful what other fruits and vegetables you store nearby.  For example, keep them far away from apples! Also, cucumbers are often treated with approved waxes or oils to minimize water loss and enhance appearance.  Buy organic cucumbers if possible.  Be sure to wash cucumbers thoroughly before eating. 

 

moldy berry problem solved

Why is it recommended to avoid washing berries until you’re ready to eat them?  Because moisture equals mold. All berries carry bacteria that produce tiny mold spores in the nooks and crannies of their skin. Botrytis cinerea (Gray Mold) is the primary strain of mold that causes berries to grow unwanted “fur” and spoil rather quickly. However, if you have the Fridge Fresh device for your refrigerator, extra moisture is much less of concern.  You will notice that many of your fresh fruits and vegetables will stay fresh much longer in an oxygen-rich environment.  The timed release of O3 inactivates the bacteria Botrytis cinerea, so the problem of mold is significantly reduced. This means you can wash your berries before you store them, just be sure to pat them dry. 

If you don’t have a Fridge Fresh unit, another trick to deter mold growth is to soak berries in a solution of vinegar and water.  But, seriously, who has time for that?  Simplify life and let our Fridge Fresh unit do the work for you.  A little extra moisture can even refresh strawberries when they begin to dry out.  Use a basic spray bottle to mist your strawberries every 3-4 days and you’ll be amazed how long they stay fresh.  Just don’t over do it with the misting.

Learn more about the amazing Fridge Fresh device that keeps fruits and vegetables fresh at home up to 3x longer!

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