3 best steps for washing and storing fruit

21 June, 2022
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3 best steps for washing and storing fruit

You store fruit in a bowl or in the fridge, but is it really the best way to wash and store fruits from berries to bananas?

The British "Express" offers the best way to make fruits last longer, as follows:

Moisture and warmth are known to be major contributors to rotting and spoilage of some food products, so it's important to strike the right balance when it comes to storing fresh fruits and vegetables.

While some items work best in the fridge and others in an open or uncovered fruit bowl, there are some clever tricks you can try to keep your leafy greens and fruits from going to waste. Water and white vinegar

Most fruits and vegetables can be washed under plain cold water, but some distilled white vinegar can be added to the water to create a mixture that helps get a deeper treatment against pesticides, pathogens and fungi.

The first step

To wash hard fruits like apples, pears, peaches, and oranges, put a 3:1 mixture of water and white vinegar in a large bowl or spray bottle. You can also add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice for extra disinfecting power and a fresher flavour. The second step

The fruits are sprayed using the spray bottle or soaking the fruit in the bowl as a water bath, then the fruits are rinsed with water from the tap after soaking or spraying to get rid of the effects of vinegar and lemon.

The third step

The fruits are then left to dry on a clean towel, before being stored in a large dry container on the counter until they are ripe and ready to be stored in the refrigerator.

List of suitable fruits

The list of fruits that you can follow the three "most effective" steps for cleaning that also prevent flies from settling on them, which can cause them to spoil more quickly, include: 

  • Apricot
  • Avocado
  • Guava
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Cantaloupe
  • Nectarines
  • Papaya
  • Peach
  • Bananas

• plum

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