Preserve Fruits and Vegetables

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Compartments Preserve Flavor of Produce

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Stuffing fruits and vegetables anywhere they fit in the refrigerator is not a good idea. From the moment a fruit or vegetable is picked, it begins dying. Initially, residual juices provide a reason­able shelf life. As foods begin to decompose, they give off gases until they rot. As someone recognizing the importance of this topic, do not eat fruits or vegetables that become slimy or malodorous.

Clean Out Your Refrigerator

There is a reason why refrigerators have separate fruit and vegetable bins—also why some produce should be kept out of the refrigerator. As many fruits and vegetables ripen, they release a gas called ethylene. This causes neighboring produce to ripen prematurely. Therefore it is advised to, keep ethylene-sensitive fresh fruits separate from vegetables that emit the gas. Generally, the ethylene generators are mostly fruits and the ethylene-sensitive produce is mostly vegetable. The exceptions are watermelon and unripe bananas.

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