How to keep your vegetables fresh longer? Well, put them in the refrigerator and dust your hands. WRONG! It’s not as simple as that. Certain vegetables or groceries don’t do well in the cold. On the contrary, they need to be kept in the warmth to ensure they do not turn bad. That is why some of your groceries are kept inside a chiller and some in a huge container at the supermarket.
Being the experts that we are, we’re here to share some useful tips to get your money’s worth with every cent spent on your groceries. Here’s how you should keep your vegetables fresh and maximise its lifespan.
1. Green Onions
Green onions or scallion is a common ingredient used in various recipes. It is known to add flavour particularly in soup, used as a garnish or even cooked or eaten raw. When they turn bad, you will find them limp and slimy.
Green onion can last up to 7 – 10 days when stored at room temperature. You can also store them in the refrigerator by first cutting off the roots, removing the excess moisture before wrapping them in a kitchen towel and placing them inside a zip-lock bag before storing them in the refrigerator.
You can triple the use of its lifespan by placing them in a jar of water. This will help you to grow your very own batch of green onions which allows you to cut some off should you need to use them in your cooking.
Like green onions, garlic is equally a versatile ingredients acting mainly as a taste enhancer for sauce and stew and used in food ranging to pizza, pasta and more. Garlic can also be stored in various places.
The easiest way to store bulb garlic is in a mesh bag or a woven basket. You can also store these bulb garlic in the refrigerator. However, it may cause it to sprout rapidly. Alternatively, chopped garlic or garlic cloves are best stored in the refrigerator, but not viable as a long term option.
If you’re having difficulty trying to convince your child to eat vegetables, then it’s best to start with carrots. They have a light flavour, unlike most vegetable which has a bitter after taste and crunchy texture which children may find fun. Aside from bolstering loads of health benefits, carrots can be cooked or eaten raw.
Carrots can be stored up to 4 weeks at room temperature and up to 3 months in the refrigerator. Ideally, if stored in the refrigerator, your carrots should be unwashed without having peeled or chopped. This is to avoid any additional moisture from being absorbed into the carrots. Ensure that they are stored in an airtight container like a zip-lock bag to prevent your carrots from dehydrating quickly.
Tomatoes tend to become bland when they are stored in the refrigerator. Store them at room temperature and away from direct sunlight for a fresher and stronger taste and they can last for up to 5 days.
It is only ideal to store your tomatoes in the refrigerator once they have over-ripened. This is to prevent it from ripening more but should let it sit out for a few minutes before cooking to allow the restore its flavours once again.
There you have it! Now, you won’t have to worry about storing your vegetables and keeping them fresh beyond their expiry date. Just be sure to not forget that you have them stored at home. Storing vegetable is one thing, but picking them out is another. Check out our guide to picking them out from the supermarket or…
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