As the weather gets warmer heading into summer we see more and more seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs come into season. It's the busiest time of the year for most food businesses but the challenge is keeping seasonal produce fresh for longer in the summer months and reducing wastage. No one wants wilted greens, bruised fruit and mouldy berries but thankfully good food doesn't have to go to waste if you take measures to keep summer produce fresher for longer.
Sourcing your produce
To ensure you get the freshest produce in summer, buy local. This is true year-round but especially in summer, when the shelf life of perishables can be so much shorter.
Storing your produce
When the months get warmer, we're tempted to refrigerate all our fresh produce thinking this will increase the shelf life which is not always the best idea.
Here is a list of what to store where:
Pears (Nashi) Gooseberry
leafy Vegetables Beans
Herbs (Not Basil)
|Room temperature||Mango Grapefruit
Pineapple Watermelon Pomegranate
Basil (In water)
|Ripen then refrigerate||Avocado Kiwifruit|
It's important to store food correctly in summer. You must take extra care when preparing, cooking and storing food as summer brings more warmth and moisture which provide the perfect conditions for nasties.
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