Summer is in full swing now, which means your kitchen should be full of sweetcorn, salad and stone fruit.
Unfortunately, New Zealand’s humid climate means that produce deteriorates far quicker this time of year, making it more important than ever to store your food correctly.
Here are Love Food Hate Waste’s storage secrets to keep your food fresh in the summer heat:
Don’t put aubergines in the fridge – store them somewhere cool, but not in the fridge. Refrigerating them can affect the flavour and lead to browning.
Ripen at room temperature, then refrigerate once ripe.
Once you have opened an avocado, wrap the leftover half (with the stone in) tightly in cling wrap. If you don’t want to use cling wrap, store it in an airtight container.
You can buy bread all year round, but with the humid climate during summer, now is the most important time to keep your bread in the fridge or freezer so that it doesn’t grow mould.
Cherries should be ripe when you buy them, so pop them into the fridge to extend their life – that’s if you don’t eat them all on the day that you buy them!
Cucumbers can be stored either in the fridge or at room temperature. Keep the plastic wrapping on the cucumber as it protects the soft skin and prevents dehydration.
Store in a lettuce crisper, if you have one, otherwise wrap the lettuce in paper towels and place in a resealable plastic bag.
Make slimy salad a thing of the past by keeping your salad greens in an airtight container in the fridge.
If your stone fruit is ripe, store them in the fridge to make them last longer. If they need to ripen, keep them at room temperature. Storing them in a paper bag with a banana will speed up the process.
Refrigerate sweetcorn in its husk to keep it fresher for longer. Tip: To save on dishes, cook your corn in the microwave. Put the sweetcorn (in its husk) in the microwave and cook for about five minutes per cob. Cooking times may though vary depending on the strength of your microwave. Allow to cool slightly before peeling.
Store tomatoes at room temperature – refrigerating them affects their texture and flavour. If they have gone soft, use them for cooking.
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