Consuming fresh vegetables is important to our daily diet. It gives us optimum vitamins and nutrients that keeps us healthy and fit.
Fresh vegetables does not necessarily mean freshly picked vegetables from the garden, it can also refer to fresh vegetables harvested a few days before that were stored perfectly to maintain its freshness.
Knowing how to store our vegetables properly is necessary because we can still derive the same amount of nutrients from them, even a few days after harvesting. In addition, the texture and taste are also preserved. This also means that we are not wasting the hard earned money that we used for purchase.
Here are some tips that can be helpful:
1. Do not wash vegetables before storing
Storing wet vegetables makes it more prone to bacterial growth. It is better to wipe vegetables with a dry cloth or paper towel before storage. It is a good practice to wash vegetables just before you are ready to use them.
2. Wrap leafy vegetables in paper towel then place in a plastic bag before refrigerating
Dry paper towels absorb excess moisture especially in leafy vegetables. This is also applicable to sliced vegetables such as tomatoes, onions, and pepper. This keeps them fresh longer.
3. Put root crops and bulbs in a dark plastic bag
Root crops and bulbs tend to sprout when exposed to sunlight. Placing potatoes, onions, ginger, and garlic in dark plastic bags prevents exposure from the sun.
4. Remove damaged or spoiled vegetables from the group
Vegetables that are damaged or about to be spoiled can affect the other vegetables in the package. It is a good practice to inspect all the contents of the package before storage to prevent contamination.
5. Store herbs in a cup of cold water
Have you seen cooking shows wherein the chef cuts his fresh parsley from the vase? Storing herbs on a cup of cold water similar to placing fresh-cut flowers in a vase with water keeps them fresh longer.
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