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Veggie Storage: 5 Things You Might be Doing Wrong

Eating fresh veggies is one of the healthiest habits. Fresh vegetables are stocked with vitamins, minerals, essential oils, antioxidants and phytonutrients that are highly beneficial. But we understand that shopping for fresh produce on a daily basis is tough, so we store them. Stocking up on your weekly quota of veggies is great but storing them correctly is essential! Here, we list some common mistakes that most people make while storing their veggies.

1. Store what you need

When you go veggie shopping, do not buy too much. Buying excess veggies means they will be stored in the cold corners of your refrigerator which will eventually lead to rotting. Use the mantra – Buy, Use and Replace. This is the best way to make sure all your food is fresh.
After you’ve made your weekly buy, store them in the refrigerator to keep them fresh. Refrigerators with an active fresh technology like that from Whirlpool’s new frost-free range armed with Microblock technology will help keep your veggies fresh along with preventing microbial growth.

2. Stashing your greens in plastic bags

Some people use plastic bags to store their veggies. Although this might be convenient and inexpensive, it is not beneficial. Plastic bags stop air circulation which makes it difficult for veggies to stay fresh, resulting in faster-rotting greens. Use perforated containers to keep leafy green veggies airy and fresh in the refrigerator.
Whirlpool refrigerator’s High Moisture Retention Technology maintains optimum temperature in the vegetable compartment to avoid any damage to your veggies, plus the Microblock technology prevents microbial growth which helps retain the vegetables’ freshness.

3. Not rotating your storage

When your vegetables are refrigerated, it is best to use the ones stored earlier. Maintain a system of rotating your oldest storage to the front and freshly stored veggies to the back. This will prevent food wastage.

4. Using broken boxes and inappropriate storage material

If you are in the habit of buying excess, make sure you use the right containers to store your greens. Put them in proper boxes that shut well, are air tight and are not broken. Any kink in the storage container causes rotting.

5. Storing vegetables that you have never cooked before

There will be times when you might get in the mood to experiment and buy certain vegetables that you’ve never tried before. Make sure you buy just the right amount so that they aren’t kept away in a frosty corner of your fridge only to get wasted. Less popular veggies like bitter gourd and pumpkin are such examples.

 

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