What should we include in MSE's new Cost of Living survival guide?



  • kimwp
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    RAS said:

    The other thing is about food storage. Fruit and veg are sold in plastic which leads it to sweat and rot really quickly. Get it out of the plastic, keep it cool and not too dry and it can last ages, as long as the skin is intact. Courgettes, peppers, aubergine and cucumbers, tomatoes can last a month. Onions, kept warm and dry, last six months; some apples the same, if kept  cool and not too dry. Obviously not easy in a centrally heated flat, but worth thinking about where is best for what in your situation.

    And stuff like salad leaves is sold in a modified atmosphere. So it rots very quickly once opened, salad leaves go off in two days, whilst a hearted lettuce can last 2 weeks in winter and more than a week in summer, outside the fridge. 

    Some of the plastic wrap is (supposedly) designed to keep the foods fresher for longer eg the wrap on cucumber keeps the water in and stops it shrivelling. I will say though that when I had one in the plastic for a while it went mouldy. This might be a bit academic unless growing your own though - it's best to eat fruit and veg as close as possible to when they are picked as the nutrients in them start reducing from that point (though it's slowed by freezing).
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