One of the most annoying things is reaching for the fruit bowl on your dining table and pulling out an old apple full of spots or a banana that’s browner than soil. So, how can you prolong the life of your fruit and veggies so they last longer and you don’t have to run to the grocery store every day to restock? The simple answer is to arrange them in your fridge. Here’s why!
Move the Fruit Basket to the Fridge
As great as it is to have a beautiful basket of fresh fruits and veggies on your table to grace your living room, research shows that certain items are best kept in the fridge. For example, apples can last up to 70 days longer in a fridge as opposed to if they’re left at room temperature. Broccoli and cucumbers are other prime examples — they can stay fresh for an additional 15 days in a fridge environment compared to sub-optimal temperatures.
These and other effects were made and concluded by a food charity named Wrap. Wrap set out to explore the different effects of storing fruit and vegetable produce in the fridge versus under ambient conditions.
The Optimal Storage Solution
The study found that the most optimal condition to store fruit and vegetables is to keep them in the fridge at a temperature below 9°F. That way, they will stay fresher for longer which will decrease the amount of food waste. In the study, Wrap focused on five of the most commonly wasted items — apples, broccoli, bananas, potatoes, and cucumbers. The study lasted for about 18 months, which was more than enough time for researchers to test various storage conditions and identify the one that would preserve the produce fresh for a longer period of time.
What’s more, the organization found that if the “best before” labels on these foods are removed, this would save hundreds of thousands of pounds of food waste.