Store Apples Separately, Protect Other Produce From Over-Ripening

If you've noticed your fruits and vegetables seems to ripen before their time, the culprit might be the apples you're storing beside them. Apples accelerate the ripening of many other types of produce, so sequester them to extend produce shelf life.

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Finance and frugality blog WalletPop shares an extensive list of tips and tricks for helping things last longer, including your produce:

Apples will stay edible in the crisper section of your refrigerator for a long time. Put them in perforated plastic bags to help them stay moist, and toss out any that show decay spots; remember the old adage about rotten apples. If you live in a cooler climate with a garage that doesn't freeze, you could store larger quantities of apples there. Keep them away from other fruit and vegetables that over-ripen easily, however; the ethylene gas the apples give off will hasten the ripening of other produce.

On the upside of apples' over-ripening power, if you need to over-ripen some bananas for banana bread, you can do so by storing the apples and bananas together in a paper bag on the counter. While you're using apples for more than just eating, you might consider using an apple to extend the shelf life of cake. For more tips and tricks on making everything from onions to razor blades last longer, check out the full article at the link below.

10 Tips for Making Your Stuff Last Longer [WalletPop]


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    From memory bananas have the same over-ripening quality, once they're ripe themselves I believe.

      Yeah, I always keep bananas seperate to the other fruit (or at least not in the same bowl - ethylene is heavier than air, so will collect in a bowl, but should just drop off a bench).

      Conversely, I use bananas to riped unripe fruits - namely tomatoes and avocados by storing them together.

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