|What’s the best way to store bananas? I can't find one of those hook thingies on which to hang them. ||http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.ca/get-inspired/ask-lfhw/question/11||What’s the best way to store bananas? I can't find one of those hook thingies on which to hang them. ||<div class="ExternalClassE0336FCB0D504BC483B4944162B3A322"><p>Bananas emit ethylene gas, which is what causes them to ripen so quickly. Hanging them on a hook provides good circulation and prevents the bananas from being in contact with other objects (which can cause bruising). I personally attach a hook under my cabinet to save space.</p><p>Instead of a hook, a small basket is a good storage option. Don't place any other fruit around the bananas, and keep them well protected. If they're getting too ripe, my rule of thumb is always to peel and freeze them for baking!</p></div>||Elaine Cheng|
|Bread - is it better to store it in the fridge or out?||http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.ca/get-inspired/ask-lfhw/question/12||Bread - is it better to store it in the fridge or out?||<div class="ExternalClassA3A0A5CB464943B7967853F2276D78BD"><p>Fresh bread always tastes best! Storing bread in the fridge tends to dry bread out more quickly than on the counter. I tend to keep my loaf on the countertop for no more than 3 days, then slice and freeze what's left. Freezing helps retain the quality and moisture content, and you can pop a slice straight from the freezer into the toaster.</p></div>||Elaine Cheng|
|Tomatoes? They taste better when non-refrigerated but is it good for them?||http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.ca/get-inspired/ask-lfhw/question/10||Tomatoes? They taste better when non-refrigerated but is it good for them?||<div class="ExternalClass6413A46C686246E69E19D8918FA69D44"><p>Tomatoes are one of the few produce items I recommend ripening on the countertop. Their flavours develop optimally at room temperature and you'll notice a difference when you refrigerate them. Do not store an unripe tomato in the fridge, as it creates the mealy and bland texture.</p><p>If you want to maintain the optimal flavour and texture of a tomato after having it ripen on the countertop, you can leave it in the fridge to stop the ripening process and it should last a couple more days. I wish we could grow them year round as well! I always recommend buying local for freshness.</p></div>||Elaine Cheng|
|What’s the best way to store avocados?||http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.ca/get-inspired/ask-lfhw/question/9||What’s the best way to store avocados?||<div class="ExternalClass157577483C794064B5998773083D236E"><p>
Leave unripe avocados on the counter to ripen. Once they
start getting a little soft, put it in the fridge to prolong their shelf life.
Avocados should last up to a week in the fridge. </p><p>There have always been debates about which is the BEST way to preserve cut avocados from browning. My advice is always to leave the pit inside and limit oxygen exposure to the cut surface as much as possible by wrapping it tightly in plastic or placing in an airtight container. One common method is to squeeze lemon juice on the cut surface. Another option (if you don't mind onion flavours) is to place the cut side against a cut surface of a red onion.</p></div>||Elaine Cheng|
|How do you make cucumbers last, both whole English cukes and partial cukes after using some in a salad?||http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.ca/get-inspired/ask-lfhw/question/8||How do you make cucumbers last, both whole English cukes and partial cukes after using some in a salad?||<div class="ExternalClassB657422E30C94B5C9DF556C3DF7BE04E"><p>
Cucumbers are best stored in the fridge wrapped with a moist
towel, and away from high ethylene fruits like apples. Ethylene produces gases
which can speed up spoilage.
For cut cucumbers, store in a container filled with water.
A great way to use up leftover cucumber slices is in your
pitcher of water. It makes a great refreshing beverage that should last up to a
|How do you prevent lettuce greens, especially organic, from becoming slimy?||http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.ca/get-inspired/ask-lfhw/question/7||How do you prevent lettuce greens, especially organic, from becoming slimy?||<div class="ExternalClass3B2162A458124AD3914CB558855D5B19"><p>Lettuce leaves get slimy because of moisture build up or when they get crushed. To prevent this, it's best to store the leaves in an airtight container or plastic bag lined with a paper towel. Leafy greens are delicate and keep best in cool, semi-humid environments.</p></div>||Elaine Cheng|
|Should potatoes and onions be stored separately at room temperature?||http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.ca/get-inspired/ask-lfhw/question/6||Should potatoes and onions be stored separately at room temperature?||<div class="ExternalClass380D7FD4FA19448A98C9C1CB64B47AA9"><p>Yes. Potatoes and Onions are both best stored in a cool, dark, well-ventilated dry environment (e.g. lower cabinets, pantry closet or basement). They need to be stored separately because each of them release gases that will cause the other to spoil and sprout faster.</p></div>||Elaine Cheng|
|How can I keep my lettuce head from wilting?||http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.ca/get-inspired/ask-lfhw/question/3||How can I keep my lettuce head from wilting?||<div class="ExternalClass98777D10C3474B8589DD977FFC9619E2"><p>Lettuce usually lasts for about one week in the fridge. It requires humidity to keep from drying out, but condensation or heavy moisture on the leaves can be harmful.</p><p>It’s best to only wash lettuce right before using it. If you do wash lettuce before storing, make sure to dry it well. To maximize shelf life, place in crisper and wrap with a moist paper towel. </p></div>||Elaine Cheng|
|Is there a way to keep cut cabbage heads from turning black?||http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.ca/get-inspired/ask-lfhw/question/2||Is there a way to keep cut cabbage heads from turning black?||<div class="ExternalClass1EB7AE8F8E1C4427A9E9731BAE781639"><p>The rule of thumb for prolonging shelf life of produce is to refrain from washing before storing. Do not wash cabbage until you are ready to use it. Cabbage should last 1-2 months in the fridge.</p><p>If the cabbage head is cut, make sure to tightly wrap the remainder before refrigerating. Try to minimize any bruising on your cabbage. Cell damage makes the cabbage deteriorate more quickly and degrades the nutritional content.</p></div>||Elaine Cheng|
|How can I make apples last longer in the fridge?||http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.ca/get-inspired/ask-lfhw/question/1||How can I make apples last longer in the fridge?||<div class="ExternalClassD07E73BEE10A49A9B9F51E0BD526AAB8"><p>Apples usually last 1-2 months in the fridge, depending on seasonality and the time passed since the apple was picked. The best place to store apples is in the crisper drawer, with lots of circulation and high humidity.</p><p>Avoid storing your apples near onion or potatoes. They'll readily absorb the flavour of other foods, and could ripen prematurely.</p></div>||Elaine Cheng|