vegetablesHaving green vegetables in your daily diet is extremely necessary for health as they cut the chances of many health problems. But the most of us could not utilize full potential of these vegetables because they go off till the time we consume it. Somehow we manage to buy high-priced vegetables and store it in our home. The time when we prepared to consume it, we find that it is already spoiled. It is quite wastage of our time and money. Though we restrict our purchase of vegetables only for next few days, still we find that some of the vegetables are spoiled and can not be used.

Though it is normal that vegetables start losing their freshness and flavor with time, yet with proper storing methods, we can preserve these vegetables for a longer time. Here, are some tips to protect vegetables for a longer time.

Storing Tips to Keep Vegetable Fresh:

1.    You should always avoid purchasing the vegetables that you could not use at once. Its decaying process always continues even you implement best possible methods to store it. So the thumb rule is not to buy extra vegetables, which you are not going to use in next few days.

2.    Different vegetables require different storing methods to preserve their freshness. You should be always aware of the vegetables which needs to be stored in the refrigerator and which are not.

3.    Root-vegetables like carrot and reddish which has green leafs at the top need to be stored without leaf. These leafs remove moisture from the root and make the vegetable wilt. Also, cover the vegetable in a plastic bag to avoid evaporation of moisture from the vegetable. It will help in keeping the carrot crispy.

4.    Always store mushroom in a paper bag instead of plastic bag. Keep the paper bag slightly open, so that mushroom could breathe. Mushroom also absorbs odor from other vegetables so keep them separate from vegetables with a strong aroma. Never clean or cut the mushroom before storing, rather wash and chop it just before you are ready to cook it.

5.    Vegetables like potato, ginger, garlic and onions should be never stored in the refrigerator. You should always store these vegetables in a  dry, cool and dark place. Sunlight can make them sprout early.

6.    Don’t store spoiled vegetable with the fresh vegetables. Ethylene gas and fungi from the spoiled vegetable can make the other vegetables also defective. So before storing vegetables in refrigerator, discard those vegetables which are already decayed.

7.    Most of the vegetables require high humid environment that our refrigerator doesn’t provide. So store these vegetables in plastic bags so that they can retain their moisture and stay fresh for a longer time.

8. Always store corn with the husk as it will protect the corn from drying out early.

9. Don’t wash vegetables before storing in the refrigerator. The moisture on the surface of vegetable makes the vegetable decay faster. So wash the vegetable before you are going to use it, not before storing.

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Posted on: 10.02.2013 16:30

i love 2 eat chiken, can u tell how to keep chiken fresh????


Posted on: 10.02.2013 16:31

Better you should chop the chiken when you are going to eat :P


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