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5 Hacks to Buy and Store Vegetables During Monsoon

M Kanika
M Kanika
Monsoon Hacks to Buy & Store Veggies
Monsoon Hacks to Buy & Store Veggies

The showers of monsoon are finally here to bless the whole country and provide us the much-needed relief from scorching heat of summer. The temperature has gone down and the weather is immaculate, and with beautiful weather arises our desire to hog on hot, greasy, fried food.

Also Read: 4 Most Important Tips to Stay Healthy in Monsoon

We love monsoon for providing us with a different variety of food to munch on. We should always follow safety rules to make the best of the season. As monsoon comes with moisture, and it’s a well-known fact how it stimulates the bacterial growth. It becomes utmost important to keep food safe & dry during monsoon season.

We should ensure food safety during monsoon by having vegetables & storing them correctly. Its important to keep a check on the food safety as the season comes with health disease too. This is the time when fruits & vegetables get contaminated and rot quickly. The consumption of such foods leads to infections & diseases.

You need to be extra careful during monsoon when it comes to buying and storing the vegetables. There is a different way to pick & store vegetables available in market.

Here is a list on how to buy and store vegetable during rainy season.

Green Vegetables

Green vegetables such as coriander, spinach and broccoli are a must have, and are very healthy. However, when buying these vegetables, make sure to pick the ones that are bright green in color, crispy & fresh. It is good to consume green vegetables as soon as you bring them to your home. And, if you cannot preserve them for a week in the fridge then:

  • Trim its roots & keep vegetables in a bucket full of water for a while.

  • Take a cloth or paper towel & wrap all vegetables in it so that the excess moisture gets absorbed.

  • Get a plastic vegetable storage bag & keep your veggies in it.

  • Make sure to keep them in vegetable drawer in the fridge as it can take away all the freshness.

Potatoes & Onions

Potatoes & Onions are staple in the Indian kitchens and it’s the fact that many of us buy them in bulk.

Onions with dry, shiny and tissue-like thin skin are best for purchase. And, when it comes to potatoes, you should buy one with no spots. You should avoid potatoes that have sprouts and those that are too old.

It is important to keep potatoes & onions in a dry & cool place to prevent them from being sprouted. You should never keep them in fridge as it can take away the flavor of the veggies. You can store them in a regular basket. And, if you want your potatoes to last for a longer time, store them in paper bag.

Green Peas

Green peas are no longer a winter vegetable. It is now available all year. The best way to store green peas is in the fridge. You can peel them & store them in a plastic box and place in freezer.

Carrots & Beetroot

Root vegetables such as carrots & beetroot are great for our health. While buying these, make sure they have a smooth skin, which is free from any bruises.

Root vegetables like these should store in cool place. You can keep them in fridge. If using a plastic storage bag, make sure that you create a few holes and keep the vegetables in it. These cannot last for about 2 to 3 weeks. You should not wash these veggies before you are actually using them, as it can take away the crispness.

Other Vegetables

The other commonly used vegetables such as eggplants, cucumber, green onions and ladyfinger should be purchased fresh and must be consumed as soon as possible. If you wish to store these veggies; you can use plastic bag or cloth towel. This will keep the freshness intact.

Mushrooms
Mushrooms

Vegetables to Avoid During Monsoon Season

  • Mushrooms grow in the soil and have a lot of bacteria growths on them. One should avoid eating mushrooms during monsoon season.

  • A lot of vegetables are available in market during monsoon season are at risk of getting contaminated. You should try to avoid mushroom as much as you can. Leafy vegetables like spinach and fenugreek leaves attract a lot of moisture during monsoon, you should avoid them too.

  • If you buy cut vegetables, which is available in market, then avoid them during monsoon, because cut vegetables attract many germs.

  • Vegetables such as cauliflower and cabbage should also be avoided, as these have a lot of layers and can have insects in them.

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