Summertime may almost be over, but you can still enjoy your sweet Summer fruit!
Where and how you store your produce will make all the difference. You can either have a sweet treat or a mushy fruit fly hotel. Yuck!
According to www.foodsafety.gov, all produce purchased pre-cut or peeled should be refrigerated. They also recommend that “when selecting fresh-cut produce – such as a half a watermelon or bagged salads – to be sure to choose items that are refrigerated or surrounded by ice” and, of course, avoid purchasing any produce that is bruised or damaged and always thoroughly wash your fruit and dry before storing!
Follow these tips to make your Summer sweets last longer:
apples – keep in refrigerator drawer free from any plastic bag or wrapping, will last 3-4 weeks. Tip: the entire apple can be used in so many ways, even as it begins to brown and wrinkle! Use brown apples in pies or to make applesauce. Use the pealing of the apple to flavor water or as an addition to your favorite smoothie.
bananas – when whole, store on your counter top. If halved or partially eaten, cover the end in foil and store in refrigerator. Counter top storage will last 3-4 days if ripe, and the refrigerated banana will last 1-2 days.
berries – best stored uncovered in the refrigerator drawer in a vented container. Most berries will last 3-5 days but blueberries can stay good for up to 10 days.
peaches & plums – if you keep these on your counter top until ripe, then move then to refrigerator shelf until consumption, you will be able to have these around for a good 4-5 days.
melons – when whole, these can stay on the counter top 4-5 days. Tip: Even if the outside of the melon is starting to look brown and mushy, the inside may still be good. So, open it up and check it out before you throw it out!
You may not be able to control the Summer heat, but with these tips you can certainly control the shelf life of your summer sweets!
And speaking of shelves…if yours are looking a little dusty, contact your local Two Maids & A Moplocation and have them come do some sweet cleaning for you!