Best practices for storing fruit and vegetables
As you can see, storing fruit and vegetables can be a complicated task. That is why it is essential to follow the best cold storage methods to guarantee the lifespan and quality of your fruit and vegetables.
What are the best practices for fruit and vegetable storage?
1. Fruits and vegetables must always be stored separately
Most fruits produce an ethylene hormone as soon as they begin to ripen, which changes the texture, color and taste of the products. Unfortunately, fruit that produces ethylene also influences all surrounding products, which speeds up the ripening process enormously. If the fruits are stored next to the vegetables, you run the risk of speeding up the aging process of the products, which would lead to food waste.
2. Adhere to good storage methods
Avoid overloading your cold storage unit above capacity, as this increases the internal temperature and the product deteriorates. Tight pallets must 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 room to distribute the cold air freely.
3. Know the history of your products
Distributors must know the history of fruit and vegetables in order to make the best decision regarding storage and transport arrangements. This includes factors such as product maturity, product preparation, past quality inspections and product review.
Although cold storage can increase the life of your fruit and vegetables, your products still need a little attention to keep them at their best. Take care of your fruits and vegetables and extend their life considerably.