Fabio presents some simple tips to maximize the life of your fresh fruit.
- Don't store bananas in a fruit bowl with other fruits. They release gases that cause neighboring fruit to ripen faster than they would on their own.
- When storing vine or tree fruit, including tomatoes, store them upside down, so that the fruit sits on its stem. Why? During ripening, the fruit hangs from its stem, and the simple force of gravity concentrates the juices of the fruit at the bottom. When storing, redistribute the juices throughout the fruit by turning it upside down. The fruit will last longer, and be even more flavorful.
- Citrus fruits such as limes and lemons are best stored in the refrigerator, where their precious skin oils can harden into a protective "wax" that will deter further ripening.
- To refresh over-ripened tomatoes, refrigerate them overnight, in a bowl of ice-water with a generous pinch of salt. In the morning, they'll be rehydrated and good as new!