Helpful Tips To Store Fruits
Apples – store on a cool counter or shelf for up to two weeks. For longer storage in a cardboard box in the fridge.
Apricots – on a cool counter to room temperature or fridge if fully ripe. Cherries – store in an airtight container. Don’t wash cherries until ready to eat, any
Bananas – Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster. Keep them on the counter, or in a basket with holes or openings to allow air to circulate.
Citrus – store in a cool place, with good airflow, never in an air-tight container, added moisture encourages mold.
Berries – Don’t forget, they’re fragile. When storing be careful not to stack too many high, a single layer if possible. A paper bag works well, only wash before you plan on eating them.
Dates – dryer dates (like Deglet Noor) are fine stored out on the counter in a bowl or the paper bag they were bought in. Moist dates (like Med.. need a bit of refrigeration if they’re going to be stored over a week, either in cloth or a paper bag- as long as it’s porous to keeping the moisture away from the shin of the dates.
Figs – Don’t like humidity, so, no closed containers. A paper bag works to absorb excess moisture, but a plate works best in the fridge up to a week un-stacked.
Ginger – Place unpeeled ginger in a zip-lock baggier and place in vegetable crisper.
Grapes – Make sure to select clusters that are free from molds if you plan to keep them in your fridge. Another mistake people make when storing grapes is washing them before storing. While this may clean them and get rid of dirt on then, the water will have a negative effect on the skins of the grapes; making them mushier and promoting bacterial growth in the process.
Kiwi – Keep at room temperature until ripe, then refrigerate. Do not place in refrigerator longer than 1 -2 weeks.
Lemons and Limes – If you are going to use them within a week, keep them on the counter at room temperature. Lemons and limes need air so if you place them in a bowl, you may notice their bottoms may grow mold. Try to keep them separated or in an aerated bowl. If you don’t ea them within a week, you can keep -them in the refrigerator and they will a month. You can keep -them in a bowl in the refrigerator.
Mangoes – Store on the counter until ripe or 2 – 5 days, then move to refrigerator, then keep for 5 – 7 days. If you want to freeze wash peel and slice into pieces. Place pieces on a cookie sheet until frozen then you can transfer to plastic bag.
Melons – uncut in a cool dry place, out of the sun up to a couple weeks. Cut melons should be in the fridge, an open container is fine.
Nectarines – (similar to apricots) store in the fridge it is °hay if it’s ripe, but best taken out a day or two before you plan on eating them so they soften to the room temperature.
Oranges – stay juicier when kept at room temperature. If possible place in a basket. The baskets are preferable to other containers because they permit the air to circulate freely around each piece of fruit.
Peaches – (and most stone fruit) – refrigerate only when fully ripe. More firm fiat will ripen on the counter.
Pears – will keep for a few weeks on a cool counter, but fine a paper bag. To hasten the ripening put an apple in with them.
Persimmon – Fuyu- (shorter/pumpkin shaped): store at room temperature.
Hachiya – (longer/pointed end): room temperature until completely mushy. The astringentness of them only subsides when they are completely ripe. To hasten the ripening process place in a paper bag with a few apples for a week, check now and then, but don’t stack-they get very fragile when really ripe.
Plums – Keep plums at room temperature until they ripen. Once they’re ripe, keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 more days.
Pomegranates – keep up to a month stored on a cool counter.
Pineapples – Once you get your ripe pineapple home, you can store it in the refrigerator whole without the top on; or you can peel, cut and chill the slices in a tightly covered con… (do not use aluminum wrap as it will change the flavor of the pineapple). If you wish to allow the shell to become more yellow or golden, you can leave the fruit (with the crown) on the counter for up to a few days, then cut and refrigerate.
Raspberries – With your berries in a vinegar solution of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. Place berries in a refrigerator safe bowl (plastic) with a paper towel on the bottom. Replace paper towel when it gets damp.
Strawberries – Don’t like to be wet. Do best in a paper bag in the fridge for up to a wee], Check the bag for moisture every other day.
Watermelon – Keep watermelon uncut on your counter at room temperature for up to 7 -10 days. Cut watermelon can keep in the refrigerator for up to two days.