As you all know we are all about enjoying fresh citrus products like oranges and lemons. After all we want you to buy and use these wonderful and healthy fruits.
But how about storing them so they stay fresh and healthy for the longest time.
The shelf life of oranges, like most other fresh fruit or fresh vegetables is variable because most have no sell by date, use by date, or best before date. Since there is no printed date and it's difficult to tell how long the fruit has been on the grocery shelf prior to purchase, the only date you can go by is the purchased date or date picked (if you are lucky enough to pick your own fresh fruit). There are two main varieties of oranges; Navel which are best for eating, and Valencia which are best for juice. Because of their relatively low cost, long Shelf Life, easy portability and extremely high concentration of antioxidants, vitamin C and fiber oranges are one of the most popular fruits around. So, how long do oranges last?
Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent food borne illness.
Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your oranges have gone bad beyond the shelf life. Some common traits of bad oranges are a soft texture and some discoloration. The soft spot is moist and develops a mold, usually white in color at first. Bad oranges, just like bad orange juice and other fruit juices, will have a distinct sour smell and taste.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled foods, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your foods before their shelf life has expired!
You can help oranges stay fresh longer by storing them in your refrigerator drawer. Once oranges are prepared, they should be stored in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.
As the experts point out, oranges don’t ripen any further once they’ve been picked and the refrigerator is the best place for maximizing their storage.
At room temperature, oranges usually keep for up to one week, in your fridge, they'll generally stay fresh for up to three weeks.
Once you've peeled or cut into an orange you should refrigerate any leftovers right away. Wrap the cut fruit tightly with plastic wrap or store in an airtight container and use them within three to four days.
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