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ORGANICS ONLY STORAGE TIPS.


Veg-u-cation on fruit and veg storage.

Are you sick of your fruit and veg turning into a science experiment at the back of your fridge?
Not sure how to ripen that Pear?
All the answers you need to enjoy your Organics Only Certified Organic fruit and vegetables for longer can be found below:

 
Fridge storage. 

Crispers.

Lining: Old style fridge crispers often store more moisture than they should, which causes your fruit and veg to deteriorate quickly.
Any easy solution for this is:
Get some pieces of tissue paper or a small towel. Place them at the bottom of the fruits and vegetables crisper in the refrigerator. This will help soak up the water in your crisper. Please remember to change this regularly.

Never mix: Never mix your fruit and veg in the crispers. One crisper should be designated for fruit and one should be designated for veg – this reduces the gas effect fruit can have on your veggies.

Using your fridge to slow the ripening process.
You can use your fridge to slow the ripening level on many fruit and veg items. As soon as the item reaches your prefered-ripened level, place the item into the fridge away from other fruit and veg. Bananas, pears, pineapples, melons, tomatoes and avocados are perfect examples of items that will respond well to this. Please note bananas will turn black on the outside when placed in the fridge, but the insides will be fine!


Natural Fruit and Vegetable Gas.

Ethylene Gas = ripened fruit and veg.

 
Certain types of fruit and veg let out a type of gas called Ethylene gas.
When fruit and veg is exposed to this gas it will ripen very quickly – resulting in black spots, mushy flesh and spotting.


This means that some fruit and veg should not be stored next to others as they will speed the ripening process of gas sensitive fruit and veg around it and reduce the shelf life of your Organics Only order.


A good rule of thumb is not to store anything that is over-ripe with other produce items – it will speed the ripening process of all other items in the bowl- hence reducing the shelf life of all your fruit.


Bananas will ripen everything!


If you have any unripe fruit or veg (e.g. tomatoes, pears, pineapples) just place some bananas on the produce item and leave it at room temperature. The bananas will ripen your fruit and veg using the natural ethylene gas bananas produce. If you don’t have any bananas try ripe tomatoes or avocado’s.


 

Storing Organics Only fruit and veg so that it lasts longer.

 

Best storage tips for the following lines;

 

Avocado 

Unripe – place on countertop.

Ripe – place in fridge.

 

Apples 

Crisper – if ripened too fast place in paper bag.
 

Bananas

Unripe – place on countertop.

Ripe – place in fridge (skin will turn black but the insides will be fine).

 

Broccoli

Store broccoli like flowers by trimming the stems and placing them in a vase of cool water in the refrigerator. Be sure the stems are mostly submerged.
 

Corn

Store in crisper – do not remove outer leaves (husk).
 

Cabbage

Wrap the entire head in plastic wrap and refrigerate.
 

Carrots

Place the carrots in a resealable plastic bag in the crisper.
 

Cauliflower

Cover the head with plastic wrap and refrigerate in crisper.
 

Cucumber                     

Store in a plastic bag in the crisper.
 

Eggplant

Cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge.
 

Garlic

Store in a cool, dark, dry and well ventilated place.
 

Grapes

Keep in a resealable plastic bag in the back of the refrigerator. If you wash grapes before storing, they will spoil in about a week.
 

Lemons & Limes

Keep in the refrigerator door, but let them sit at room temperature for a few hours before using.
 

Lettuce

Wrap lettuce in damp paper towels and seal in a plastic bag. Put bagged lettuce in the crisper, which will keep it moist and cold.
 

Lettuce - Mixed Leaf

Leave in plastic packaging and store in the crisper.
 

Mushrooms

Best stored in brown paper bags in the fridge.
 

Onion

Store in a cool, dark, dry and well ventilated place.
 

Pears

Ripe- Store in fridge crisper. Unripe – store with bananas on countertop.
 

Pineapple

On countertop.
 

Potatoes

Store in a cool, dark, dry and well ventilated place.
 

Pumpkin

Uncut -In a cool place out of the firdge.

Cut – Wrap in plastic and store in fridge.

 

Tomatoes

Ripe -Store at room temperature on a countertop, stem-side up. Make sure they're out of direct sunlight and never put them in the refrigerator, which will ruin the flavour and the texture.·        

Unripe – place with bananas on countertop.

 

Spinach

Wrap spinach in damp paper towel and place in a plastic bag and refrigerate. OR Treat like flowers – cut stems and place in water on bench top.
 

Strawberries... 

Store in the refrigerator, unwashed, in their plastic container. Don't wash them or remove the stems until you're ready to eat.
 

Sweet Potatoes

Keep in a cool, dark, dry place.
 

Zucchini

Store in the ccrisper section with other veggies.

 

Customer Storage Tips.

Our wonderful customer base has been busy sending in storage tips. We have published the best storage tips below for all Organics Only customers to benefit from.
Using these methods I am sure that you will enjoy your Organics Only order for longer.


Dear Organics Only Team, How I make my fruit and vegie delivery last longer!

Storage: On the arrival of my delivery I sort through the box placing half of the fruit in brown paper bags in one crisper (lined with paper towel) and all the vegies that require refrigeration in the other crisper (brown paper bags for all of them except salad leaves. I wrap herbs in paper towel and place them in a plastic bag). The rest of my vegies live in a cool, dark place on one of our shelves. I use the first half of my fruit before taking the second half out of the fridge. I have not had a problem with it lasting and remaining fresh.
Meal planning: On delivery day and for the first few nights after that we have meals that include our salad ingredients or herbs so that they are at their best when eaten. Later in the week I make soups and a vegetable curry to use up any left over veggies. I also puree any left over vegetables and freeze it for baby food. Even if you don’t have a baby you can puree potato, sweet potato and carrot and freeze it to use with future meals. You can also freeze chopped zucchini, carrot, tomatoes etc. to use in pasties.
With any ‘extra goodies’ that are included in the box I simply adjust my menu plan. When we received a pineapple recently we had beef kebabs with chunks of beautiful pineapple. The kebabs also allowed us to use up left over zucchini and capsicum.
If there are still vegies left over I usually pass them on to family or friends to encourage them to taste the difference between produce straight from the markets versus supermarket produce. Hopefully I’ll convert them!
Thanks for the great produce. Best wishes, Lucinda,


TUPPERWARE STORAGE TIP.
The best storage tip I can offer is Tupperware Fridge Smart storage containers. They are ideal for keeping fruit and vegies fresher for longer. You can adjust the airflow to accommodate the requirements of the vegetable or fruit you are storing (eg more airflow for broccoli and corn, less for things such as zucchini and asparagus). The containers also have a rippled base so that the food sits above any water that may form in the container from condensation.
Kind regards, Tracy.

p.s. I am not a Tupperware sales person (it may sound like it) I am just a big fan of some of the storage solutions Tupperware provides.


HERB STORAGE TIP.

Hi, I have storage tips for basil, parsley and other herbs :Place upright in water (like flowers) and store in the back of the fridge or bench top (if its not a hot day). You could also wrap in damp paper towels and place in a plastic container or sealed bag and refrigerate.
Cheers, Jennifer.

WICKER BASKET.

I have found that storing all vegies in a rectangle, low sided wicker basket on the bottom shelf of the fridge keeps the vegies crisp and fresh. It's also incredibly easy to just pull the basket out, place on the bench and pick out what you want whilst preparing dinner. It's also great when the kids 'want to help cook dinner'. They have the job of getting the basket out and picking out what vegies we are going to prepare that night - giving them the responsibility of choosing what's on the menu encourages great eating habits and makes them feel involved!
Tracy N.


Thank you to all the customers who have sent in storage tips!

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