Published November 2022
Autumn is here! And that means that seasonal fruit and vegetables are coming. Not only is it best to prepare your tastebuds, but also your storage solutions to keep food fresher longer. Each year 4.2 million tonnes of food waste goes to landfill in Australia and over half of this comes from households. Not only is this a waste of water and energy used to grow the food, but it produces methane, which is a more powerful greenhouse gas than CO2 - ABC.com.au
Food authority NSW advises that fresh produce should be put in the fridge as soon as possible after peeling or cutting.
How To Properly Store Your Produce
One of the biggest producers of greenhouse gases, which contributes to climate change is food waste. That’s why it’s up to each of us to make individual changes, so we can put an end to the problem together.
Seasonal fruits and vegetables can be a bit tricky to store. You want them to last as long as possible, but you also want it to maintain their fresh taste and texture. There’s also no one-size-fits-all kind of solution. That’s why we’ve made a handy guide on how to store them properly in your fridge and freezer.
1. How to store Spinach
These leafy greens are high in iron, and a nutritious addition to so many dishes. Spring is peak season for spinach, so you’ll find an abundance at your local markets. The best way to store spinach in the fridge is with our VentSmart 4,4l container. Place it in your VentSmart container and choose the appropriate control airflow, so your spinach stays fresher for longer. Store your spinach towards the bottom and back of your vegetable drawers, to keep it cool and away from harsh light. If you plan on freezing your spinach, wash it thoroughly and then rinse. Dry it completely and place it in your FreezerKeeper containers, no plastic bags necessary, and freeze.
2. How to store Leeks
Leeks are at their prime until the end of Spring, so you want to make the most of that. However, they can have a strong smell you don't want to be transferred to other foods in your fridge. Store them in our VentSmart container unwashed and untrimmed to help maintain moisture. Following the handy guide on the side of the kitchen container, simply adjust the vents and pop them in the fridge. You can keep them towards the front of the fridge or in the drawers. You can also freeze leeks, although this will affect the taste and texture. Simply blanch for a couple of minutes, pop into a FreezerKeeper container, and store.
3. How to store Horseradish
To preserve the distinctive flavour of horseradish, store it in an airtight container. The VentSmart collection’s special seal will make sure your horseradish is kept moisture and air-free. You can keep it in the fridge for up to 6 months, and even longer in the freezer.
4. How to store Butterhead lettuce
The thicker leaves of the butterhead lettuce give it a distinctive taste and texture. Since it’s only available a few months of the year, you need to store it properly to make the most out of it. The key is to keep it free from moisture. Wash, rinse and dry thoroughly, and then place in your VentSmart container with vents open.
5. How to store Stawberries
Who doesn’t love some good strawberries? Strawberries are sweetest and juiciest come spring through summer. The trick to storing them is to keep them dry and cold, so that they don’t get soft and mouldy. When you bring them home and after rinsing, lay them out on a paper towel to dry. Grab your VentSmart container, and transfer the strawberries. Close the lid, check the handy little guide on the side, and open the vents accordingly. Store towards the back of the fridge, so the temperature stays consistent and the strawberries stay as dry as possible.
6. How to store Sweet cherries
Cherries can spoil quickly if not stored properly. They can lose more quality in an hour at room temperature than a whole day in the fridge, so you need to move quickly to get your cherries refrigerated. Don’t wash them before you store them, otherwise their moisture levels will go way out of balance. Simply pop into your VentSmart containers, check the guide and adjust the vents, and store towards the back of the fridge. You can also freeze them with very little effort. Simply spread on baking tray, freeze, and then transfer to a clear container like our FreezerKeepers, which will make sure the texture of your cherries stays at its best. Pop back in the freezer, and you have a snack that can be enjoyed months after Spring is over.
7. How to store Peaches and nectarines
Juicy, sweet and with a hint of tanginess, it’s no wonder that people love their peaches and nectarines. If your fruit isn’t ripe, store it outside until it’s ripe and then transfer it into a VentSmart container and refrigerate. They’ll keep for up to a week in the fridge.
8. How to store Potatoes
Okay, so potatoes aren’t exactly a Spring exclusive, but as the weather changes, you might also want to change how they’re stored. The key to storing potatoes is to keep them in a cool, dark, dry place, and as the weather gets warmer, this isn’t always easy. Don’t throw them in the fridge though, they definitely don’t belong there! The PotatoSmart storage unit stores your potatoes neatly and fuss-free, and it stows away nicely in small spaces. The vented lid allows for airflow, and the dark container keeps your potatoes cool and shielded from any harsh light.
9. How to store Onion and garlic
These are two other all-year-round vegetables which need to be stored differently as the weather warms up. No one likes garlic-gone-green or overgrown onions, so instead of putting them in the fridge or freezer, and having everything absorb the strong smell, store them in the Onion and Garlic Mate. It shields your root vegetables from harsh heat and light, with vents that keep airflow consistent.
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