Jan 13th, 2011 by Marilyn
Tip Thursday: To Refrigerate or Not To Refrigerate
To refrigerate or not to refrigerate, that is the question.
Refrigerating some fruits and vegetables will prohibit them from ripening properly and will effect their taste and texture. Follow this basic guide to get the most flavor and shelf life out of your produce.
Tips for storage:
- Do not store produce in direct sunlight
- Refrigerated fruits and vegetables should be kept in perforated bags in produce drawer
- Separate your fruits from vegetables. Fruits and vegetables both produce ethylene, an enzyme which is responsible for the ripening process of the produce. Fruits produce higher levels of ethylene causing accelerated ripening and decay of vegetables.
Store at Room Temperature
Store in Refrigerator
Ripen on the counter first, then store in refrigerator
Adapted from Storing Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for Better Taste
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