Tips on reducing Bakery food waste and Veggie Chopping hacks

by Aishling Conway
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An expert’s guide to storing your food so it keeps fresher for longer

  1. Keep your fruit and vegetables apart

A lot of fruits give off high levels of the natural ripening agent, ethylene, which can prematurely ripen and spoil surrounding produce. Example includes asparagus, cucumbers, broccoli and mushrooms so it’s always best to store these on their own.

  • Don’t store onions with potatoes

Onions can make root vegetables go bad quickly, so it’s better to keep potatoes alongside things like pumpkins or squash in a cool, dark place (often in a paper bag works well) to preserve freshness. A better companion for onions is garlic as they can be stored near each other without ripening or spoiling. Just make sure it’s in a well-ventilated space, and that the skin of the garlic stays intact.

  • Remove the tops straight away

Sometimes, root vegetables like carrots or beetroots come with the top still attached. These draw away moisture from the root part of the vegetable, causing it to wrinkle and wilt more quickly. As soon as you get the veggies home, remove the leafy tops and set them aside to be chopped into a salad, boiled into a stock, or whizzed into a pesto or smoothie.

  • Store raw vegetables in water to keep their crunch

Certain vegetables like carrots, celery or cucumber can go soft if left for a while. To avoid this, simply chop into sticks and place in a jar of cold water in your fridge (make sure it’s airtight!). Just remember to change the water every day or so to maintain the freshness. Top tip: this hack also works to revive vegetables that have already softened!

  • Put a damp tea towel in with greens

For greens like lettuce, bok choy, kale and spinach, it is best to wrap them in a tea towel after rinsing to avoid excess moisture from causing it to deteriorate.

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