This weekend I was looking up some things on the David Suzuki Foundation website (which I love, its a brilliant resource for so many things) and happily stumbled upon this document called Help end Food Waste Now. I found this little education in refrigeration helpful for preventing excess kitchen waste by smartly storing my produce, and ultimately helping save a few pennies… Naturally I wanted to share this find with you.
“Fruits and vegetables are still breathing even after they’ve been pulled out of the earth, or off the vine or tree. In general, warmth speeds up respiration and cold slows it down – that’s why refrigeration makes some foods last longer,” I think this line summarizes the guide the best. These simple guidelines of what to store together or not in your produce drawer boil down to what produce emits gas and what doesn’t.
I have never been a fan of putting my produce in plastic bags when shopping at the grocery store, and now I have some scientific reason behind it. For example, unripe bananas emit gas, and putting them in a plastic bag essentially suffocates them, and rapidly speeds up the ripening process (not always ideal).
I love food science… One of my favourite Food TV programs is Alton Brown’s Good Eats, I can never watch enough episodes!
Hopefully this produce guide helps you all and please do share any other tips you’ve learned —> I just eat this stuff up (pun intended, of course)! 😉
2 thoughts on “A little education in refrigeration”
I knew there had to be a reason I didn’t like putting stuff in plastic bags! 😉 (Besides the obvious waste of a zillion plastic bags).
I don’t have any specific methods of preserving stuff in my fridge…mostly I just plan for a soup or pie day for all my fruit and veg that has gone a bit soft. 🙂
Yes I agree with you, save the plastic bags! Great idea for soup or pie day, have you actually used many fruits in soups??? I’ve never event considered it! Or maybe you mean veggies in the soup and fruit in the pie?! Hmm… endless options there!