Eating the ideal amount of fruit each day is something that anyone can accomplish, even those living in senior communities or assisted living. However, people often find that the money they spend on fruit goes partially to waste due to the fruit going bad before they’re able to eat it. Luckily, there are many things that you can do to keep this from happening.
To help you see how this can be done, here are three tips to help your fruit last longer at home.
For most fruits, one of the biggest reasons why it goes bad sooner than you’d like is due to moisture. When there’s too much moisture around the fruit, it causes it to become soggy and start breaking down.
To keep this from happening to your fruits, especially berries, you’ll want to limit the amount of moisture that you allow to get to them and keep space between them. If you live in a particularly humid climate, this might mean storing your fruit in the refrigerator rather than the counter, for items that can safely and wisely be stored in the fridge. Additionally, you should also keep a paper towel or something else that can absorb any excess moisture when storing those fruits so that the paper towel collects the moisture and not the fruit or berries themselves.
Rinse With Water And Vinegar
When washing fruit before you eat it, using the right type of rinse can help to make the fruit last longer on your refrigerator shelves or on the countertops.
Rather than just rinsing fruit and berries with water and then being done, it’s best to rinse them with a mixture of water and vinegar. When you use vinegar on your berries, it can help to disinfect some of the mold that might be present there. It can also help to just make them last longer overall. Just make sure that you dry them completely after washing them so that you don’t have to deal with the moisture issues mentioned above.
Know Where To Store Your Fruits
Where you store your fruit can also play a role in how long they will last in your house before you get the chance to eat them.
In the fridge, try to keep things like apples, berries, grapes, pears, peaches, kiwi, and any fruit that you’re already cut. You can safely keep fruits like bananas, oranges, watermelon, and tomatoes on the countertop. So if you’ve been storing some of these items in the wrong place, try making the change to see how it affects the fruit that you keep at your house.
If you want to be able to make your fruit last longer to help save you money and make sure you’re getting those vital minerals and nutrients, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you learn how this can best be done.