The smell of fresh fruits can be so tempting that you would love to buy them in bulk and eat them all year round!
But, even though you buy them in bulk, you cannot eat all of them at once. The next option is to preserve them. The way you store the fruits and vegetables at your home have a huge impact on their taste and texture.
There are several ways in which you can preserve food. Preservation does not always have to be a complicated process. There are several easy and ways you can do so right at your home.
Why Use Honey To Preserve Fruits?
Honey is one food that never gets spoiled (given that it is kept in a clean jar and not in contact with any foreign bacteria). It works as a preservative, and because of its low moisture content, it literally sucks the moisture out of bacteria and kills them, thereby preventing the fruits from getting spoiled.
However, there are a few types of bacteria that have a coating on them, which protects their moisture from honey. But such bacteria can only survive in honey and not in any other environment.
Research from the University of Illinois found out that the antioxidant properties of honey help in preserving meat without compromising the taste.
Another research from the UI College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences says, “It still is too early to say definitively, but honey seems to have the potential to serve as a dietary antioxidant.”
According to another study, The Effects Of Honey On Longevity Of Fruits And Vegetables, when 1% honey dilution was sprayed on fruits, especially berries, it kept the fruits and vegetables fresh for much longer. This way of preserving fruits and vegetables is eco-friendly and chemical-free, plus the fruits look much better (redder) after spraying the honey solution over them.
Honey also prevents the browning of various fruits and vegetables, including apples and potatoes. Many people use a solution of honey and water to give the cut or sliced fresh fruits and vegetables a honey water bath. This keeps the browning at bay. Here is a video tutorial on how you can prevent your fruits and vegetables from browning using honey.
The science behind it is that honey contains a compound called peptide that stops the activation of polyphenol oxidase when exposed to air. Give this trick a try and you will be amazed by the results.
Here is a simple recipe on how you can store berries in honey syrup:
What You Need
Raspberries (8-10, number of berries may vary)
Blueberries (15-20, number of berries may vary)
1 cup of water
1/4th cup of honey
1/4th cup of cane juice
2 canning jars
Sterilize the canning jars by boiling them in water and air drying them.
Wash the berries and put them in the canning jars.
Mix the cane juice, honey, and sugar and heat the mixture at 200 degrees F. Make sure to stir it continuously as it must not start boiling.
Pour the honey sauce in the canning jars over the berries. Cover the lid tightly.
Process these canning jars in a hot water bath canner for 10 minutes.
Remove the jars from water and let them cool for some time.
The above process will keep your fruits fresh and edible for more than a year.
Other Ways To Preserve Fruits
People prefer safe and nutritious ways to preserve fruits, and there are several methods to do so without using harmful chemicals. Some of them are as follows: