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All greens in the kitchen - together, or not?

Asked by Anatelostaxus (1418 points ) January 18th, 2012

What is an ideal arrangement for the vegetables and fruit on the counter.
Just this morning (when I found the mouldy orange of my other question), I arranged the older and fresher vegs and fruit on a small wooden table, divided in baskets.
I remembered having seen on the net a recent design of racks that enhances the longevity of vegetables, using specific combinations of proximity and with an addition of sand (...?...) to one or two things.
I believe there is a way.. several ways to keep greens fresher for longer lengths of time in the kitchen.

Therefore: What should go next to what; and what shouldn’t?

P.S.
Does anyone know what design I’m talking about? I think it’s by a Korean designer.

Cheers!

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JLeslie's avatar

To answer your question, this link has a list of ethylene producing and ethylene sensitive fruits and veggies. The ethylene gas is what causes fruits and veg to ripen and eventually become rotten.

I keep pretty much all vegetables in the fridge. Some fruits I leave on the counter for a a day or so if they need to ripen a little more, but eventually it all winds up in the fridgeif I have not eaten it in a day or so. Some fruits don’t do well in the fridge if they are in there for a long time, changing the fruits texture or flavor, but things like apples and citrus do very well, I put both in the fridge straight away. I even keep my bananas in the fridge once they get just past green, because I hate them overripe. Do you live in a cool climate that it is customary to leave produce out rather than refridgerated?

Earthgirl's avatar

Thanks for asking this question because I have been thinking about it but never got around to looking into the right way to do things!

I think this must be the storage racks you were talking about. The designer is in fact, Korean.
http://www.notechmagazine.com/2012/01/saving-food-from-the-fridge.html

I also found this cool Blue apple gadget that absorbs Ethylene gas.
http://design.kitchensatlanta.com/2011/07/bluapple-makes-fruit-last-longer-and-stay-fresh/

This article talks about micro-climates in your refrigerator and where is the best area of the fridge to store each type of fruit or vegetable.
http://kitchen-parade-veggieventure.blogspot.com/2008/07/how-to-keep-fresh-vegetables-fresh.html

Green bags are easy to get too and are supposed to work well by eliminating the ethylene gas buildup.

Anatelostaxus's avatar

@JLeslie Yes, I do. Especially during the winter we leave even dairy out of the fridge. We do not use the fridge very much, as a matter of fact. We do use a freezer to store goods long term.

@Earthgirl Thank you very much for the useful links. Seems we have this very specific interest in common, then, huh?
:-) Cheers and good luck to you both with your storing! Wish some to me too!

Earthgirl's avatar

Anatelostaxus Your welcome! Wish I could have found a place that sells storage made especially for this kind of thing. If I find anything good I will post it or PM you. Good luck with your vegetable/fruit life extension systems!!

lifeflame's avatar

@Earthgirl I gotta send these links to my roommate.

Earthgirl's avatar

lifeflame I had no idea that the correct storage was so specific! No wonder my vegetables go bad so fast. It’s terrible because I need to eat more fresh vegetables and it discourages me from buying them. I need to reorganize my refrigerator now and buy myself a blue apple!

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