New season new habits! A few days ago Balazs and I decided to make a handful of autumn changes to our eating habits and to the way we store and buy fresh veggies and fruits. The main reason for this is that in the past few years we noticed that we eat much healthier in spring and summer but as soon as the cold weather kicks in, we get a bit lazy and tend to go with comfort foods that are not necessarily as healthy as they could be. Is it the same with you?
For months I kept on hearing from everyone around me saying that I should ditch the last of my plastic containers or bags and switch to recycling cans and glass bottles. So yesterday that is exactly what I did. I got tons of baskets for the fridge to start grouping veggies by meals. My friend Megan told me that grouping veggies by meals makes life easier and helps in making healthier meal choices. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
I also, printed out this awesome list of how each and every veggie or fruits should be stored to extend its life to the fullest. Plus, I signed us up for our local veggie and fruit delivery box company. Starting with next week we’re getting a weekly selection of seasonal organic fruits and veggies that you can cook soups, stews and all the yummy autumn dishes with. This will take care of my excuse that I couldn’t make it to the farmers’ market that week:)
If you're curious, here are a few veggies and fruits in season this autumn and tips on how to store them:
- Apples can be stored on a cool counter or shelf for up to two weeks. For longer storage you should place them in a cardboard box in the fridge.
- Pears will keep for up to a few weeks on a cool counter. To hasten the ripening put an apple in with them.
- Cherries should be stored in an airtight container. Don’t wash cherries until ready to eat as any added moisture encourages mold.
- Eggplant does fine left out in a cool room. Don’t wash it, eggplant doesn’t like any extra moisture around its leaves.
- Tomatoes should never be refrigerated. Depending on ripeness, tomatoes can stay for up to two weeks on the counter. To hasten ripeness place in a paper bag with an apple.
- Zucchini does fine for a few days if left out on a cool counter, even after cut but if you wrap in a cloth and put it in the refrigerater it will last for longer.
- Sweet Potatoes should be stored in a cool, dark, well ventilated place. Never refrigerate, since sweet potatoes don’t like the cold.
- Brussels Sprouts if bought on the stalk, leave them on that stalk. Put the stalk in the fridge or leave it on a cold place. If they’re bought loose, store them in an open container with a damp towel on top.
So darlings, fancy joining in? What's your favourite autumn fruits and veggies? Have you ever tried organic delivery companies? xo
P.S: And this superfood mocktail.
P.P.S: Vegan before 6pm?
(Photos by Fritz Haeg, Ryan Liebe, Whole Larder Love and via Indulgy)