With the growth of agricultural supplies and food trade around the world, food wastage has become an ignored complication for people across the globe.
Food supply companies need to be cautious as the problem is much bigger than we have ever realized.
Does food waste affect us?
As a matter of fact, YES!
Methane is being produced in landfills where food waste is kept, therefore the climate is directly affected by this process. Moreover, the water used for the agriculture of these waste materials is useless, as per WRI (World Resources Institute), around 24% of the water used in agriculture is wasted by the food waste yearly.
How can we stop or minimize it?
Not only food suppliers or food importers but also every individual needs to contribute to stopping the food waste chain. Fruits and vegetables need special storage, otherwise, they premature quickly or turn out to be rotten.
Let's learn the different storage methods to keep fruits and vegetables fresh for a longer time
Fruits have different types such as berry, drupe, aggregate, legumes, and so on. There are special tricks and tips to store each fruit. Similarly, to vegetables.
The best way to keep berries fresh for a longer time is to store them in the refrigerator and keep them in a single layer, this method will help you keep them fresh for 5 days.
Wash the herbs before storing them, keep them in cold water for 5 minutes, and remove dirt or any other impurities. Dry it using a kitchen cloth, which will remove the moisture. Then, keep them in a plastic bag covered with a paper towel.
3- Root and leafy vegetables:
Sanitize the vegetables by washing with cold water, remove the top green from the root veggies (carrot, radish, turnips, etc.) to prevent the moisture from carried out from the roots, and for the leafy vegetables (spinach, lettuce, arugula, etc.), separate the wilt ones (discolored) and move the washed green leaves to a large bowl to soak.
4- Sliced Fruits and vegetables:
You can keep the sliced fruits and vegetables in an eatable condition for 3-5 days by storing the pieces in airtight bowls in the refrigerator. Please note that fruits like apples, bananas, and pears should not be cut as they turn brown quickly.
Brief storage methods for food items
- Store at room temperature (Banana, cucumber, melons, onions, potatoes, eggplant, garlic).
- Store at room temperature then in refrigerator (Mangoes, kiwifruit, peaches, pears, plums, pineapples, apricots).
- Store in Refrigerator (Apples, oranges, mushrooms, peas, pomegranates, beets, cauliflowers, broccoli, lettuce, carrots and so on).