Fruit and vegetable storage
Store unripe fruit and veg like pears, peaches, plums, kiwis, mangoes, apricots, avocados, melons, and bananas in a basket or bowl on a clean dry surface.
Fruits and vegetables stored at room temperature should be removed from any packaging and left as loose as possible. Some items, like apricots and avocados, will ripen faster in a paper bag left out on the side!
Once ripe, you can store fruit and veg in the fridge – although it is wise to them apart in the fridge as ethylene gas will continue to ripen the fruit.
Produce such as peppers, grapes and berries deteriorate much quicker than other fruit, so it’s a good idea to keep these refrigerated if they are not being eaten straight away.
Keep potatoes, onions, and tomatoes in a cool, dry place, but not in the fridge. The cold will ruin their flavour.
Storing soft fruit such as strawberries!
Keep the berries cold and dry – if you wash them before storing, they are likely to turn mouldy quite quickly! Arrange the berries (without washing or removing the stems) on a paper towel-lined tray and cover with plastic wrap; then refrigerate. Before eating or using them, wash the berries under cool water and then remove stems