Best practices for storing fruit and vegetables
As you can see, storing fruits and vegetables can be a complicated task. That's why it is essential to follow the best cold storage practices to ensure the longevity and quality of your fruits and vegetables.
What are the best practices for fruit and vegetable storage?
1. Fruit and veg should always be stored separately
Most fruits produce a hormone called ethylene once they begin to ripen, changing the texture, color and flavor of the products. Unfortunately, fruits producing ethylene also affect all surrounding products, greatly accelerating the ripening process. If the fruits are stored next to the vegetables, you risk accelerating the aging process of the products, which would lead to the waste of food.
2. Adhere to good storage practices
Avoid overloading your cold storage unit above capacity, as this increases internal temperature and accelerates product deterioration. Tight pallets should also be avoided as crushing can occur, resulting in the growth of bacteria. Prepare your fruits and vegetables so that the internal fan has enough space to freely distribute the cold air.
3. Know the history of your produce
Distributors need to know the history of fruits and vegetables in order to make the best decision regarding storage and transport arrangements. This includes factors such as product maturity, pre-product preparation, past quality inspections, and product grading.
Although cold storage can increase the longevity of your fruits and vegetables, your products still need a little attention to keep them at their best. Take care of your fruits and vegetables and prolong its life considerably.