This Is How You Should Be Storing Your Fresh Fruit

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I hate to admit it, but I haven’t been particularly great about keeping fresh fruit in the house lately. And it’s not because I don’t like fruit, because I do! It’s mostly because when I do keep fruit in the house, I usually end up throwing half of it away because it goes bad before I can use it all. But the warmer weather we’ve been having lately has inspired me to redouble my efforts to eat better, so I decided I needed to solve the fruit problem once and for all.

I did some digging around online for answers, and it turns out that my fruit problem stemmed from how I was storing it. Little did I know that keeping fruit in a ceramic bowl was such a no-no! Apparently, using a solid bowl or container for fruit doesn’t allow for enough air circulation, which makes the fruit go bad more quickly. So what is the best way to store fruit? A fruit basket! And here are a few reasons why.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Store Fruit In A Fruit Basket

1. Air Circulation

An open basket allows the gases from the fruits to escape into the air, rather than getting trapped and causing the fruit to age more rapidly.

2. Visibility

A basket give you a good view of what fruits you have inside, so you can easily know what you have. And if you see the fruit, you’re much more likely to eat it while it’s still fresh!

3. Room Temperature

Your fruits can sit out on the countertop in a basket without requiring refrigeration. The only fruits that need to be refrigerated are berries and fruits that have been cut.

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Bonus Tips For Storing Fresh Fruits And Vegetables

  • A good rule of thumb is to store fruits that emit a lot of ethylene gas away from other produce items, which includes apples, avocados, stone fruits, pears, bananas, and tomatoes. Be particularly careful to keep these away from cabbage, leafy greens, lettuce, and broccoli, all of which are highly susceptible to wilting or rotting if exposed to the gas.
  • Store onions by themselves (or with garlic) to prevent them from affecting the taste and smell of your other produce. Store them away from potatoes in particular, which will sprout more quickly when onions are present.
  • Potatoes keep best in cool, dark locations, so you may want to keep them in a pantry or cupboard if your fruit bowl resides in a sunny kitchen.
  • Produce stored at room temperature needs good air circulation, which means plastic storage bags or containers can lead to premature spoilage. Even if the bananas, potatoes, or onions you bought came in a perforated plastic bag, they’ll last longer if you take them out.
  • Many people store oranges in their fruit bowl, but citrus fruits only keep for about 4 days at room temperature. They’ll keep for 4 weeks in your fridge, so use your fruit bowl to store citrus fruits you’re going to use in the next day or two. Any other citrus fruits should be kept in water in your fridge for maximum longevity.
  • If your fruit is nearing the end of its lifespan, freeze it! Frozen fruit is great for making smoothies, adding to hot cereal, adding to muffins and quick breads, mixing with yogurt, or making a fruit sauce for pancakes and waffles.

Once I had learned that a fruit basket was the way to go, I started shopping online for one. I ended up finding several good options that could work for a variety of home and kitchen situations. Here are some of the best and most affordable ones I found:

7 Types Of Fruit Baskets Worth Considering

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1. 2-Tier Fruit Stand

This is the fruit basket I ended up buying. It has two-tiers, which can hold a surprising amount of food! It’s around $20 and looks nice on my countertop.

2. Fruit Tree Bowl With Banana Hanger

This fruit bowl is similar to the one above, but instead of having a second bowl on top, it has a hanger that’s perfect for bananas!

3. Three-Tier Wire Market Basket

If a tiered design is your thing, then check out this cute design! This one stands tall at 48″ and has 3 separate baskets, so you have plenty of room for all the fresh fruit your heart desires! :-) You can use the other baskets to store things like potatoes, onions, garlic, or other foods!

4. 3-Tier Hanging Basket

If you’re short on counter space, try a hanging fruit basket! This one has 3 tiers for all your produce, and would add a cute decor element to your kitchen too.

5. Mesh Apple Fruit Basket

If fruit flies are a concern for you check out this covered model! It has a mesh dome that sits on top, which allows for air flow but will also keep the flies away. The best part is that the whole thing looks like an apple! (Here’s how to get rid of fruit flies if they are already flying around your kitchen.)

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6. Fruit & Vegetable Hanging Storage Mesh Bags

Another design that saves on counter space are these hanging mesh storage bags. The mesh material allows for air flow, and there’s a hole near the bottom to remove what you need. Place new fruits or vegetables in the bag through the top, so you’re always using the oldest items first.

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7. Reusable Mesh Fruit And Vegetable Storage Bags

These bags come in sets of five, and work great as reusable produce bags you can bring along with you to the grocery store. Then when you get home, you can simple hang your produce up on a rack or on a hook on your wall, making these bags a two-for-one for shopping and storage!

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • I love that some of these are not only functional but decorative in a sense, as well! One thing…I am afraid that while I am working hard on dinner, I may begin to resent my fruit in that hammock doing nothing but lounging and relaxing!! ;-}

  • Ha! Goody-goody for me, I just got a 3 tier wire basket last fall that I’ve been keeping my fruit in. Is THAT why it seems to last better?!? Thanks for letting us know! Now I know to keep it up!

  • The only thing that works for me is Fridge Smart from Tupperware.They are vented with pictures outside and they tell you what not to put in, and what to put in and the veggies last forever almost. My favourites in the kitchen!

  • I noticed that in a couple of your pics and comments that you mention that you can use the other basket to store onions, potatoes and garlic…however, I heard years ago, that for a similar reason as fruit needing circulation from the gases that they give off, you need to keep potatoes and onions stored away from each other. Here is a piece of the article from http://www.stilltasty.com:

    “Potatoes and onions may taste great together in hash browns. But when it comes storing them raw, you need to keep them well apart. The reason, as the food safety experts at Penn State University point out, is that onions and potatoes can release moisture and gases that will cause the other to spoil faster. So to prevent your spuds and onions from rotting too quickly, keep them separate and store each in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place.”

    This knowledge helped me years ago from my onions and potatoes spoiling so quickly. Today, I store my potatoes in my pantry (dark and cool place) in a breathable basket and I store my onions in the refrigerator in an plastic onion saver. Hope this helps someone…:)

    P.S. LOVED the first basket you showed!

  • I always put my fruit in a cermic bowl but now thanks to you its going to be in a wire basket i am going to go to walmart site and see about buying one and i did not know that aboug potatoes in a brown paper bag will do that too, thanks for all of your tips very useful.

  • What about different kinds of grapes? I only saw grapes in the last basket/ hammock. I buy about 8-9 lbs at a time at Sam’s club because I live so far away!

  • Hi Jillee, if you place 2 or 3 corks amongst your fruit in the bowl or basket, fruit flies hate cork and won’t bother you any longer. It works!

  • Jillee, I’m in my 70s and just learned a new trick to keep my potatoes from growing eyes: Put an apple in the bag with them. I tried it and surprise, it does work! Also, somewhere I read that apples give off a gas that makes other fruits go bad quicker so store them separately. Does anyone know if this is a fact? By the way, I learned how to make my popular and wonderful lotion from you on your site…the one with a coconut oil base, baby lotion, and vitamin E cream. I’ve made this for a few years now and give it for gifts. Thank you for a great site full of helpful tips!

  • I enjoy getting your emails! I appreciate your information & have gained many useful ideas!

    Did you know that potatoes & onions shouldn’t be stored near each other? They should be stored away from each orher, for pretty much the same reasons that you listed above. Potatoes & onions give off moisture & gases that will cause them to go bad more quickly.

  • Jillee, you rock <3
    Thanks for the brilliant inspiration.
    Like you I end up throwing out too much fruit thats gone "funky".
    I live in an apartment so counter space is premium.
    Love the two tiered ideas.

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