Organic produce is known to spoil faster because it contains no artificial preservatives. As beneficial as this is, it can also be quite inconvenient to go to a store to purchase new batches constantly. So, if you want to buy in bulk but don't know how to keep them fresh for extended periods, take a look at these tips.
Storing potatoes and sweet potatoes
Many people mistake storing their freshly-bought organic potatoes in the fridge alongside other vegetables. However, experts advise against it.
When placed in the refrigerator, the starch in the potatoes converts into sugar, resulting in the loss of beneficial properties. On the other hand, potatoes can quickly sprout and decay when left at warm temperatures. What homeowners need to do, therefore, is to store potatoes and sweet potatoes in a cool and relatively dark place like a cellar or air-conditioned pantry.
Make sure to keep it away from appliances that can generate heat as it will affect the freshness of the root vegetable. In addition, pay particular attention to separating it from ethylene-producing products like bananas and onions as it can speed up the spoiling process. As much as possible, allow for proper air circulation to avoid moisture accumulation.
By following these steps, you can expect your potato products to last for a few weeks.
Storing onions and garlic
Onions and garlic are a staple in every Singaporean household. They are essential in practically every Asian cuisine because they effectively enhance the flavour to elevate every dish. So, to keep the fresh quality of these vegetables, you need to store them properly.
Organic onions and garlic are relatively easy to store. All you need to do is place them in a cool and dry area of the kitchen, away from signs of moisture. Avoid keeping them in a plastic bag or an airtight container because they need proper air circulation to release their ethylene gas.
If you have leftover onion slices after cooking, you can wrap them in plastic or seal them in a storage container before placing them in the refrigerator. Properly stored garlic and onion can stay fresh for up to five months.
Storing cabbage and other leafy greens
Cabbage and leafy greens are another set of vegetables you need to store correctly.
Although it has a bland and watery flavour, cabbage is an incredible and versatile ingredient that can work perfectly in soups, salads, braises, stir-fries, and slaws.
When stored properly, it can last anywhere from three weeks to two months in the fridge.
You can store uncut cabbages in the refrigerator without a bag. However, once you cut them, you need to place the quartered pieces in a sealed container to slow down the oxidation process.
Don't worry if you notice the edges browning in one to two weeks. Simply shave off the oxidized portions, and your cabbage will be good as new.
The same approach can be applied to leafy greens. After buying organic vegetables like spinach, kale, or lettuce, remove the wilted leaves immediately to avoid cross-contamination. Then, store them in an airtight container before placing them in the fridge. If they're wet, wrap them in a paper towel to absorb excess moisture. Moisture quickens the rotting process, so it's crucial to keep leafy greens dry.
Storing apples and pears
Apples and pears are two of the most common fruits you can find in an organic grocery in Singapore. When storing apples, make sure to seal them in a ziplock bag and place them in the crisper away from other fruits and veggies. As an ethylene-producing fruit, mixing apples with other produce can degrade the freshness of the surrounding food. By sealing it, you avoid the ethylene gas from spreading.
On the other hand, underripe pears should be placed at room temperature until they ripen. Once they’re ready to consume, you can transfer them to the refrigerator to keep the freshness intact. Doing so can make them last up to three weeks.
Storing organic food properly ensures that all the nutrients and beneficial properties are protected. Now that you have these tips in mind, you can shop for organic food in Singapore without worry. Visit Nature’s Glory’s online organic store to find the best and freshest organic products today.