IN A NUTSHELL
Step-by-step time-saving kitchen method. Wash, dry and store all your fruits and veggies after shopping and save time during the week + make your produce last twice as long!
This simple method of washing, drying and storing your produce in-one-go has become our weekly routine. We usually do this after shopping at the organic farmers’ market on saturdays. It has got us addicted and we think you’ll get hooked too! It will only take you 30min-1hr and will save you so much time during your busy work days. If that weren’t enough, it will make your fruits and veggies last much longer. It is also a great way to get your fridge well organized, making you much more efficient while you’re cooking.
The idea is to soak all your fruits and veggies for the week in water with apple cider vinegar for a few minutes, liberating you from having to wash your produce every time you need to prepare food during the week. Apple cider vinegar is an excellent anti-fungal, antiviral, and antibacterial agent with many other amazing health benefits! To top it off, you can use the soaking/drying time to prepare a snack, read, dance, meditate or any other thing that inspires you.
Utensils & Ingredients
• Fridge drawer liners (or kitchen paper)
• Glass or plastic food storage containers
• Apple cider vinegar
• Fill your sink or a big bowl with clean - preferably filtered - water.
• Add 1 Tsp (roughly) of apple cider vinegar per cup of water and mix.
• Throw in your veggies and fruits and allow them to soak for 5-10mins.
• If your produce is full of earth, use a kitchen brush to wash it off.
• The water can be used more than once, so you can clean your produce in batches.
• Drain the veggies and fruits. You can leave them to drain for a few hours or use a salad spinner to get rid of the excess water, specially when drying leafy greens.
• Dry everything as much as possible to avoid fungal growth inside the fridge. We dry our produce after draining in much the same way as we dry the dishes: with a clean dry cloth.
• Line the veggie drawer of your fridge with a fridge drawer ‘foamy’ liner. You can get them in most supermarkets. They allow the moisture in your fruits and veggies to fall to the bottom and remain separated making them last 2-3 times longer.
• Line a few food storage containers with the same type of liner (you can cut it to size for convenience). Alternatively, you can use two sheets of kitchen paper.
• Place your dried produce in the lined fridge drawer or food storage containers inside your fridge (please check our pictures!). You can even label them if you’re as obsessed with organization as we are ;)
If you tried this method at home, do let us know what you think by posting a comment below! We’d love to know if it has been helpful!
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