Why You Should Keep Your Fruits & Vegetables Separated

It
happens far too often; we buy food at the grocery store and we have
to throw it away before it gets eaten. Not only is it wasteful, it’s
costly – researchers estimate that up to 40% of the food that we
buy actually ends up in the trash, not our stomachs.
One of
the hardest foods to keep fresh is produce, whether it be fruits or
vegetables. Even under proper conditions, fresh produce doesn’t have
a very long shelf life, and if you store it the wrong way it could
spoil in just a few days.
What is
the easiest way to extend the lifespan of your fruits and vegetables?
By keeping them separated!
Most
refrigerators have two produce drawers; take the hint and use them
both. Why? The answer is quite simple: as they ripen, most fruits
produce a gas called ethylene. Many vegetables, on the other hands,
are sensitive to ethylene, and exposure to it causes premature
rotting, spotting, and softening of the texture.
This list will help you understand which foods you should keep separated.

 

Ethylene-Producing:
  • Apples
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
    (Ripened)
  • Kiwi
  • Melons
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Tomatoes
Ethylene-Sensitive:
  • Bananas
    (Unripened)
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Green
    Beans
  • Leafy
    Greens
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Squash
  • Watermelons
Basically,
with the exception of watermelons and unripened bananas, the list is
perfectly divided into fruits and vegetables.
Is your
refrigerated food still spoiling quickly, even though you are storing
it correctly? A warm refrigerator may be to blame. If you suspect
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