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#1 Old 10-13-2011, 03:42 PM
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Hi guys, my first post.

I have allot of fruit,
I buy a huge pile once a week because I'm too busy to get out more than once.

I seperate it out into two large bowls.

one is a large plastic bowl, the other is ceramic.
ANYTHING i put in the large plastic one goes mouldy and rots very very quickly.
Especially Nectarines and Mandarins, my apples go bad quickly too... but not as quick as the rest.

I've also notcied any kiwifruit i put in there gets soft and squishy much faster too.

I found my Nectarines mouldy to the core within 3 days, while the nectarines in the cermic bowl just 3 feet away is fresh and crisp even a week later.

Is this normal for fruit in plastic
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#2 Old 10-13-2011, 04:17 PM
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I put my fruit in the fridge (cept bananas)
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I have been trying to shop every 2weeks. So i have been experimenting with this. What I do now is leave in my fruit bowl the fruit I will be using in my smoothies over the next few days. The rest I leave it all in the fridge. It lasts well.

Also, it helps if you put a paper bowl in the fruit bowl so it absorbs humidity.

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I keep some of my fruit in a plastic bowl too. I've mostly just been buying apples and pears since they're on sale right now. (crazy cheap!) I haven't noticed them going bad quickly, but I eat a lot of fruit. As for nectarines, well I find it difficult to find good nectarines or peaches a lot of the time. There have been times when I've bought lots of them and every one of them was lousy. They were mushy and not very sweet. (disgusting IMO) Other times they're delicious, but that's rare. I quit buying them because I got sick of the inconsistency.

Anyway, I don't know why the plastic would have anything to do with it. As Forster suggested, just store them in the fridge if you can.

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Also, it helps if you put a paper bowl in the fruit bowl so it absorbs humidity.

Come to think of it, I also put a paper towel in the bottom of my fruit bowl.

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I have the same problem which is why I freeze all my fruit and use them in smoothies or slushies. I also make my meals in advance and freeze them so they wont go bad.
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#6 Old 10-13-2011, 04:53 PM
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HMM.. I'll try the paper towel suggestion. thanks everyone

my fridge is usually "chocka-block" full as I do all my cooking on a Saturday and then freeze/refrigerate.
The fruit won't fit.. certainly not that quantity of fruit.

I'm in New Zealand, so Nectarines and Kiwifruit are really cheap at the moment. I generally just buy whatever is on sale.. Apples i'm SSSSOOOOOOOOOOOO over it isn't funny.
I totally agree on the inconsistency in the nectarines.
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You need to keep it in the fridge.
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#8 Old 10-13-2011, 05:58 PM
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Originally Posted by rabid_child View Post

You need to keep it in the fridge.

I agree. The only fruit I ever have go bad on me before I can finish it is bananas, which you don't put in the fridge. I've kept things like apples and grapes for a couple weeks or more! I would either try to make room in your refrigerator or buy it several times a week to keep it fresh. Or invest in a small refrigerator to keep your fruit in. Most people have old, unused junk in their fridge that they forget about or just put off throwing out. See if you can do that and make some room.
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I keep all my fruit in the fridge in greenbags.
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It can also make a big difference if you're able to buy your fruit locally and in season. When I buy fresh local strawberries from the farmer's market, they will last easily a week and still look and taste gorgeous. When I buy strawberries out of season that have been shipped across the country, I'm lucky if I get 2-3 days before they start to develop spots. That's because I buy the local strawberries the same day they were picked or the day after. When I buy stuff that has been shipped in, it may be more than a week old already before I even get it home.

Oh, and I keep things like peaches, nectarines, bananas, mangos, etc. in a hanging wire basket. Lots of air circulation. Most of the rest of my fruit goes in the fridge. I keep a careful eye on any fruit that isn't in the fridge and try to eat that first.
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Maybe you should invest in a second ceramic bowl...

Air flow is important, if they have air around them they are less likely to rot, and when they do go bad sometimes it's more drying out than rotting, so they can still be edible for longer. Also if they are not touching each other they can't spread the rot to their neighbors.
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Never store apples with other fruit. They release something that causes other fruit to spoil faster. Also, most fruits last a while in the fridge. The key is to make sure they're ripe before you put them in or they'll never ripen. Apples can last weeks in the fridge. Different drawer though.
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