Firstly, do not store your fruits and vegetables together. Fruits that give off high levels of ethylene (the ripening agent) can prematurely ripen and spoil surrounding vegetables. Separate via crisper and shelves.
- Before storing, remove ties and rubber bands and trim any leafy ends.
- Make sure the bag you store the veggies in has some holes punctured to allow for good air flow.
- Pack vegetables loosely in the refrigerator.
- The closer they are, the quicker they will rot.
- Leafy greens can be washed before storing by soaking them in a sink full of water, while soft herbs and mushrooms should not be washed until right before they are used.
- Stone fruits, avocados, tomatoes, mangoes, melons, apples, and pears will continue to ripen if left sitting out on a counter top
- Capsicum, grapes, all citrus, and berries will only deteriorate if left out in room temperature and should be refrigerated
- Bananas in particular ripen very quickly, and will also speed the ripening of any nearby fruits.