Ally’s Daily Tip: Keeping fruit fresh for longer
Fill the sink with cold water and 1/2 cup of vinegar. Add the fruit and vegetables and soak for 15 minutes.
What I love the most about summer is the wide variety of the fresh fruit and vegetables you can buy at the farmer’s market. In fact, I feel like I ought to buy something from every fresh fruit and vegetable stall and I end up buying way more then my family needs for a week.
To keep the fruit and vegetables fresh for longer, even out of the fridge, as soon as you’re back home, fill the sink with cold water, add 1/2 cup of vinegar (I prefer apple cider vinegar) and give your fresh fruit and vegetables a good soak in it for about 15 minutes. Rinse and let them dry on a wire rack. Arrange the fruit in fruit bowls, put the vegetables wherever they belong and enjoy them as fresh as the first day for as long as a week. Even the soft fruit such as strawberries, redcurrants, blueberries and raspberries will benefit from this treatment, although they’ll need their own bath as to not get squashes by the heavy apples, peaches and other giants.
Any squashes or bruised fruit, use it on the day for snacks, jam making or even a crumble cake.
This way, my big fruit bowl in the dining room has always something fresh, healthy and appetizing in it. Not to mention that I don’t have to urge my kids to wash their fruit every time they pick up the healthy snack. I know they’re clean and ready to eat.