3 Hacks for Fresh Fruit & Veggies in 2018
There is nothing better than fresh produce. Not only does it taste delicious and pack a healthy punch, but keeping your produce fresher for longer is kinder on the environment and your wallet, too.
There are many ways to ensure you keep your fruit and vegetables fresher for longer, to reap the rewards for a long time yet.
1. Shop in-season produce
Some fruits and vegetables appear in the supermarket all year long, but this doesn’t mean they’re fresh. Purchasing produce that’s out of season means it’s not at its peak nutritional state, and may be devoid of flavour, colour and texture.
Instead, download a chart that outlines when different fruits and vegetables are in season. Not only are these fruit and vegetables better for the environment and much cheaper, they’re also healthier for you, too. That’s because the nutritional content of the fruit and veg is at its optimum state during the months it’s meant to be grown. Winter is when lemons, oranges and grapefruits are at their peak, while in summer you can source fresh berries, mangos and capsicum.
2. Visit the farmers market
It’s no secret that the food that lines the supermarket shelves has travelled a fair distance to end up on your plate. Sometimes grown overseas, and often interstate, your seemingly fresh veggies have more often than not racked up significant frequent flyer miles, expending carbon and getting less and less fresh along the way.
Reduce the time it takes from farm to plate buy shopping locally and purchasing your groceries from a farmers market. Most often, these farmers sell goods that were produced just around the corner, or a few suburbs away. Less travel time means the food will stay fresher for longer, giving you more time to enjoy the crunchy flavours.
3. Store it right
Keeping your produce in perfect conditions gives it the perfect opportunity to remain fresher for much longer in the crisper of your fridge using. Sealing it in plastic bags actually kills the fruit and veggies by suffocating it. So, get your fruit and veggies out of the plastic as soon as you get home or better still, simply don't buy any fruit or veggies wrapped in plastic.
The best solution is to pack your produce in the all-natural fibres of The Swag. The Swag is an Aussie owned and designed, patented invention that allows your fresh produce to breath and hydrate. After all, air and water are essential to life - right? The Swag allows your fruit and veggies to stay nutrient rich and fresher for 2-4 times longer in the crisper of the fridge. Plus, The Swag is machine washable and built to last!
Anything crisp, like carrots, celery, apples and peppers, should be kept in the crisper section of the fridge in The Swag. The cooler conditions and restricted airflow mean the texture of these fruits and veggies will remain perfect anywhere from a week to two weeks, depending on the variety.
Vegetables like potatoes and onions should be kept in a dry Swag within your pantry. The most important thing is to keep them out of direct sunlight, which they don’t respond well to.
Mushrooms love a dry Swag in the crisper of the fridge or general fridge space. You can leave the mushrooms in the brown paper bag and pop them directly into your Swags.
If you’re storing leftovers that you’ve pre-cooked, ensure they’re in an airtight container. Your pasta or rice dish won’t react well to air, as this will make them lose their flavour quicker. Plus the leftovers mean you’re reducing food wastage.
Simply by storing your fruit, veggies and cooked meals in the right way, you’ll save money and get the most out of your food. Plus, you'll be helping the environment.
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