How to store fruit at home - general principles

Usually, when we bring fruit home, we do one of two things: put everything in a vase on the countertop or throw it into the refrigerator. The chance to make a mistake is not so great, because almost all the fruits can be stored in the refrigerator, and almost all the fruits can last at least a couple of days at room temperature. But if you want to get the maximum of pleasure and benefit from the gifts of nature and save the budget, it is worthwhile to sort out a little about this issue.

In this material you will learn the general principles of storage of bananas, apples, pears, lemons, mandarins and other fruits, find a memo on the terms and conditions of storage of different types of fruits and berries, and will learn the idea of ​​organizing the content of "vitamins" at home.

8 general principles of how to properly store fruit at home

Principle 1. Do not store fruit and vegetables together. Fruits that emit large amounts of ethylene (a maturing agent) can speed up the ripening of nearby vegetables and spoil them.

Principle 2. Immediately remove the moldy fruit. Before you put the fruit in a refrigerator, cupboard or in a table vase, be sure to remove any spoiled fruit to prevent the spread of mold. Pre-mature fruits try to eat first.

Fruit in the fridge

Principle 3. Store unripened fruit at room temperature, preferably in a paper bag. Especially it concerns apricots, peaches, pears, plums, persimmons, avocados, kiwi and mango. The bag will become a trap for ethylene - a gas that is released by the fruit and acts as an agent of maturation. Want to speed up the process even more? Put an apple in a bag. Mature and, especially, overripe fruits should be stored in the refrigerator.

Principle 4. Store fruit on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator or in a special compartment for fruit. Exceptions are fruits that need to be stored at room temperature (whole melons, bananas, citruses, unripe fruits), as well as apples - they should be stored on the top shelf of the refrigerator, separately from the rest of the fruit.


What kind of fruit can not be stored in the refrigerator? The answer is easy to remember: bananas and citruses

Principle 5. Do not store fruit in a jam-packed container of the refrigerator. Fruit should circulate freely around the fruit.

Principle 6. Eat cut fruits as quickly as possible and do not store them for more than two days in the refrigerator. This especially applies to watermelons, melons and pumpkins, as well as persimmons. At room temperature, the cut fruits can not be stored - they, first, quickly deteriorate and wrinkle, and secondly - will attract midges and flies.

Principle 7. In the refrigerator, unwashed fruit should be stored in its original packaging or in a free bag. Fruits stored at room temperature must be removed immediately.

Principle 8. Always have a vase of fruit on the table or table top. It is better to choose a place that is always visible and easily accessible. So you and your family will not forget about these delicious vitamins, and the interior will only be decorated.

Below are some photo-ideas, how you can beautifully, comfortably and correctly organize the storage of fruit at home at room temperature.

Fruit on the table

Vase with fruit is an excellent central decoration for the dining table. In a beautiful vase, bright fruits will seem even more appetizing

Fruit storage

Homemade fruit holder made of boards and metal baskets

Fruit storage on the wall

The system of kitchen rails and baskets perfectly adapts to the storage of apples, pears

Fruit storage рядом с соковыжималкой

Next to fruit, it is convenient to store a juicer, as well as a stationary blender

Fruit in a shelf

Compactly store a large number of fruits can be here in such a shelf

See also: How to store vegetables and greens correctly.

Where and how much to store fruit and berries - a brief reminder

Fruit storage rules are often confusing, because each fruit has different requirements for terms and conditions. So, for example, some species ripen on a tree, and some ripen already at home with their owner. Some fruits should be stored at low temperatures, and some, on the contrary, like warmth. This memo will help you avoid mistakes. Keep in mind that the recommendations below suggest that your products are ripe and ready for use.


That bananas are not black, they need to be stored in a closet or on a table, but not in the refrigerator.

  • Shelf life at room temperature: 5 days.
  • Ideal place: in a vase on a table, in a closet or in a cool and dry place.
  • Hint: ripe bananas can be frozen for baking or consumption as a natural "ice cream" (the skins turn black, but the pulp will be good).
The idea of ​​storing bananas

How to store bananas at home? Due to their bright color, they are simply created for interior decoration. Fold them in a nice dish / vase or hang it on a special Holder or on a hook, screwed into the bottom of the cabinet


This is the most convenient fruit for storing the house, since it can be stored in a refrigerator, in a closet or on a table longer than all other fruits.

  • Shelf life: up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.
  • Place: the best way to store apples on the top shelves, the main thing is separate from other fruits.

How to store apples at home? Ideally - on the top shelf of the refrigerator. The main rule is that they can not be stored together with other fruits.

Melon, watermelon, pumpkin

With prolonged storage in the refrigerator, these melons lose their flavor and flavor.

  • Place: in the refrigerator in the fruit compartment or in the closet / on the table (except over ripe and damaged fruit).
  • Shelf life: up to 5-7 days in whole form, up to 2-3 days - in a cut.


  • Place: unripe apricots should be stored at room temperature, preferably in paper bags.
  • Shelf life in the refrigerator: 5 days.

Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits – это те фрукты, которые лучше хранить в вазе на столе, в картонной коробке в шкафу или другом сухом и желательно прохладном месте, но не в холодильнике. Поэтому покупать их стоит лишь на неделю вперед, но не больше. Впрочем, хранить их в холодильнике тоже можно и довольно долго (до 2-3 недель), правда через неделю-десять дней фрукты начнут терять свой аромат, сочность и вкус. Лимоны и лаймы и вовсе впитают в себя посторонние запахи.

  • Place: in the closet, on the table. If in the refrigerator, then on the bottom shelf or in a special compartment for fruit.
  • Terms of storage: on the table - from 3 to 7 days, in the refrigerator - oranges to 2 weeks, lemons, limes and grapefruits up to 3 weeks, tangerines - up to 1 week).
The idea of ​​citrus storage

A festive table can be decorated with such a fruit composition. Simply place in the center of a large vase a smaller vase and fill it with water and flowers, then in the remaining space add your citruses


Do not be in a hurry to get upset if the pears on the store counter are only green and solid. The fact is that these fruits are harvested immature, because they start to rot on the tree even before ripeness. It turns out that buying pears a week ahead is immature and waiting for them to ripen at home. When buying soft and juicy fruits, try to eat them as quickly as possible.

  • Place: in the closet, on the table. To accelerate ripening, the pears must be spread out on paper bags and held at room temperature. Mature and overripe pears can be stored in the refrigerator for one or two days (on the bottom shelf or in a special compartment for fruit).
  • Term: 5 days. Asian pears are stored longer - up to 7 days at room temperature and a few weeks in the refrigerator.


  • Place: The grapes are best kept in a paper bag (or in a package of perforated plastic) in the refrigerator.
  • Shelf life: from 1 to 2 weeks. But it is better to eat grapes for 3 days, later he will start to pucker.



  • Place: ripe fruit - in the refrigerator, unmelted - at room temperature.
  • Term: 4 days on the table, and up to several weeks - in the refrigerator.


  • Location: refrigerator.
  • Term: 4 days.

Peaches and Nectarines

  • Location: refrigerator.
  • Term: 5 days.


  • Place: in whole form - at room temperature on a table or in a closet, cut or cut into slices of pineapple stored in the refrigerator.
  • Timing: 5 days in whole form at room temperature and 3 days in the refrigerator (in cut form).


  • Place: refrigerator, unripe plums store at room temperature;
  • Term: 5 days.


  • Place: unripe fruits are stored at room temperature, waiting for maturation, then eat as quickly as possible.
  • Term: after maturing - 2-3 days.


  • Location: refrigerator.
  • Term: whole garnet can be stored for up to 3 weeks, pomegranate seeds are stored for 3 days.


  • Place: in the fridge, spread out in one layer on a paper towel.
  • Shelf life: 2 days


  • Location: in the refrigerator.
  • Shelf life: 1 week.


Cherry, Cherry

  • Place: in the refrigerator in an open bag or bowl.
  • Term: 3 days.

He cloaks

He cloaks – полезнейшая ягода, которую можно смело покупать впрок.

  • Location: refrigerator.
  • Term: 1 month.


  • Place: in the fridge, spread out in one layer on a paper towel.
  • Shelf life: 3 days


  • Location: in the refrigerator.
  • Shelf life: 3 days.

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