Fruits and vegetables to stock during #Covid19 Pandemic and what to do to make them last longer

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The #Covid19 Pandemic is not yet over. In the Philippines, there is a growing number of positive cases that led the government to declare a nationwide state of calamity. With this, cities and provinces around the country imposed community quarantine to prevent further spread of the virus. Because of this declaration, people have been anxious and scared about this dreaded disease and its implications to our health, wellbeing, finances, and the economy, in general. Some are even panic buying and hoarding.

On the day of the declaration, I actually went out to buy groceries and stuff that we need at home. While at the supermarket, I noticed that many people are buying and hoarding canned goods, noodles, biscuits, and other food products that are aren’t actually healthy. I thought to myself, “When the pandemic ends, we will all have kidney and digestive problems”.

Before I went out for groceries, I planned carefully on what to buy. I researched online on nutritious, healthy food that lasts long and these were the food that I bought, instead of buying those canned goods.

FRUITS and VEGETABLES

Fruits to stock:

  1. Apple – I bought some apples and after a week, they’re still good. Just refrigerate them.
  2. Citrus fruits (e.g. Oranges, lemons, calamansi) – They’re a good source of Vitamin C which boosts our immune system and they last long once refrigerated.
  3. Berries – To keep berries fresh, I follow this simple method.
  4. Mangoes – ripe mangoes usually last 3 to 5 days but you can preserve them by following this method.
  5. Bananas – separate them and wrap the stem with plastic.

Vegetables to stock:

  1. Potatoes – It will last for 1-2 weeks at room temperature and 2-3 months in a cooler area but they should not be stored in the fridge — it would cause them to darken.
  2. Carrots – Keep in a plastic bag and refrigerate.
  3. Cabbage – Refrigerate. If the outer leaves start to show signs of spoilage, they can be easily removed to reveal fresh leaves inside.
  4. Squash – If storing yellow squash or in the refrigerator, do not wash the squash before storing it. They are best stored in a plastic bag that has had a few holes poked in it for airflow.
  5. Other vegetables needed for cooking such as garlic, onions, and celery.

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