Chef reveals the best places to keep fruit and veges to keep them fresh for longer

Food 09/06/2020

Professional chef from HelloFresh, Mimi Morley, recently gave some tips to The Mirror in the UK about the best way to prolong the life of your fruit and veges. 

Some of her tips might surprise you, while others you may already be doing - but the handy hints might help you avoid any potential food waste.

"It's a common misconception that bananas should be kept out of the fridge." she said.

"Placing them in a cool environment once at your preferred level of ripeness can actually help prolong the shelf life. While the skin will continue to brown, the flesh of the banana will remain the same and can extend shelf-life by one week."

She went on to say that people often overthink the best place for carrots and potatos, saying they do best out of the packaging.

"Root vegetables thrive in dark and dry conditions with lots of ventilation and plastic packaging often creates moisture, which creates an environment that makes it go off quickly."

She added that cucumbers tend to last longer outside of the fridge, "Instead, keep them in a cool but not too cold environment as cucumbers react badly to extremely cold conditions."

Oranges are best in the fruit bowl and berries should always be kept in the fridge.

"Fruits such as apricots, kiwi fruits, and mangoes are best left to ripen outside of the fridge, however once at the level of preferred ripeness, it's ideal to then put these in the fridge in order to increase their shelf-life and slow down the ripening process."

"While many believe that keeping all fruit and veg in a fridge is the best way to keep them fresh and flavoursome, it's clear that there really is no one size fits all approach and assessments must be made on a case by case basis as well as considering one’s own taste preference."