It’s hard to eat healthy. If you’re not worried about the cost of the healthiest foods, which can be a pretty penny depending on where you live, then you are probably worried about keeping them fresh. Some of the most nutritious foods go bad rather quickly, and sometimes it can be a challenge to make them appetizing. However, there are ways to extend the life of your produce, which will not only keep you healthier but will also keep you from just throwing money away. If you want to get the most out of your produce, keep these tips in mind.
9. Bad Bananas
If there is one food notorious for going bad, it’s bananas. Nothing says “waste” quite like a pile of brown, mushy bananas, and while you could make banana bread out of them, that shouldn’t be your only course of action. Before you toss out that overripe fruit, one thing that may interest you is that a banana that’s turning brown is more beneficial for you. In fact, those brown spots represent the formation of certain nutrients that aren’t at full effect before the bananas turn. So on one hand, you’re passing on serious nutrition if you toss those browns.
On the other hand, if you just can’t stomach those overripe bananas, you have a few options before it gets to that point. First and foremost, you can separate the bananas, instead of leaving them in a bunch, to slow the ripening process. Aside from that, you can wrap the banana stems in plastic wrap. The goal here is to limit the emission of ethylene gas, which is released by the stem. The job of the gas is to ripen the fruit (and other nearby fruits), so wrapping the stems will prevent the bananas from ripening too quickly.
8. Celery Circumstances
Celery is a popular vegetable that, much like bananas, can become overripe quickly if not carefully tended to. While it’s great as a snack on its own, in various recipes or with a healthy heaping of peanut butter, when it gets a little too rubbery it can prove much less appetizing. The texture of food is just as important as the taste. So, if you want to prevent your celery from turning rubbery, your best bet is to take a little more time to store it by wrapping it in aluminum foil before you put it away for later use.
When it comes to wrapping celery, you don’t want to wrap it all up at once. This will leave the vegetable unclean, and the bundle of stalks may leave gaps for air to get in, which means bacteria and other things that spoil food will find their way in as well. Separate your celery into stalks, rinse them thoroughly, and dry them off. Afterward, wrap each stalk individually in aluminum foil. Make sure you wrap them tightly to keep them fresh, as the aluminum foil will slow down the ripening process, keeping your celery fresh for weeks.