How to preserve your fruits longer when it’s hot?

How to identify rotten fruit?

You have just bought a dish of strawberries, but when it comes time to dig into it, you realize that some of the fruit has already rotted, before you can even taste it. On fruit, mold most often looks like spots or even a little down. In these cases, you are sure that your fruit is good for the trash. For ecological and economic reasons, some people tend to only scrape the rotten part of the food and eat the rest, however, this is not recommended. Indeed, a moldy food is potentially dangerous, regardless of the degree of degradation. Because even if to the naked eye you do not have the impression that the mold has spread, it can very quickly develop a network of filaments in a very short time inside the food in question. This web can contain toxic microbes called mycotoxins.

A mushroom that works a bit like an iceberg: the part you see is only a small visible part of the mushroom. Should everything be put in the trash? A thorny question that often divides, because some studies claim that in practice, these toxins are produced mainly on fatty foods, meat, shellfish, fish, vegetables, sauces and cooked dishes, seeds, etc. but rarely on fruit. Especially since a rotten fruit will be detected very quickly: it appears withered, it tastes bad and can even give off an unpleasant smell. The Afsca recommends making compotes or jams with fruits that are not yet rotten, but which simply look bad in order to limit the risks. Eating a fruit that has been in direct contact with a rotten fruit will therefore depend on everyone’s appreciation, but remember in any case that in case of doubt, it is better to put a fruit in the trash rather than ingest it.

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How to preserve them longer?

Although we obviously cannot always check the condition of fruits and vegetables when buying fresh, there are however a few tips to prevent them from rotting too quickly.

Buy in small quantities

As always, one of the most common mistakes in many households is bulk shopping. As a result, you no longer manage to know what’s in your fridge and in your cupboards and you let food rot without even realizing it. During hot weather, it is all the more important to do your shopping almost day by day. We therefore forget the case of fruit sold off at a low price at the end of the market, unless we plan to use the fruit for a jam or a jelly!

Avoid mixing certain fruits

We don’t think about it often, but in our fruit basket, we tend to put everything together. The only thing you pay attention to is placing the firm foods on the bottom to prevent them from crushing the soft fruits. Except that no, all the fruits cannot be mixed together, otherwise some will rot faster than others. This is for example the case of the apple and the pear, which are “climacteric”, that is to say sensitive to ethylene. Because of this, they will tend to ripen faster than other fruits. Avoid putting them in direct contact with other fruits. Bananas, kiwi, peach, apricot or fig are also among those fruits that continue to ripen after harvest. We also generally advise to buy them a little too ripe so that they are ready to eat in the following days and above all, we avoid placing them next to raspberries, strawberries or grapes.

Place a cork in the fruit basket

In summer, it’s a real torture: gnats invade your kitchen. Their favorite prey? The fruit basket of course! Because these small diptera of 2 to 3 mm particularly like heat and humidity. So inevitably, the riper your fruit, the more they will want to poke their noses into it! If these little beasts are very annoying, they are harmless. But to avoid being invaded by them, you can place a few corks cut in half in the bottom of your basket: these will absorb the humidity, which will allow your fruit to be kept longer, but in addition, the smell of the cork stopper would tend to repel gnats.

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