Why are fruits packaged?

Fresh fruit and vegetable packaging

Can any food be vacuum-packed, for how long, and does it affect taste or nutritional properties? To answer these questions we are going to analyze how different foods react to the vacuum packaging process and what is the best way to apply it at home.

Any food ages and deteriorates little by little from the moment it is “born”, due to oxidation. When it comes into contact with atmospheric air, oxygen begins to affect the products, and also facilitates the appearance of bacteria, microorganisms or mold.

Vacuum packaging extracts all the air from the package where the food has been introduced, creating a barrier that protects it from the outside air and humidity. The product is thus isolated in its own atmosphere, slowing down the oxidation process. It is a system that can extend shelf life up to five times longer than other conventional methods. At home, we have very affordable systems to do so, such as those of FoodSaver, so less food is wasted on a daily basis.

Packaging for fruit pulp

When we discovered the fascinating world of vacuum bag packaging and how much this process allows us to extend the shelf life of food, we may want to pack almost anything. However, it is important to remember that we cannot put just any food in a vacuum bag: for example, experts do not recommend packing mushrooms (it can be done, but the procedure can be somewhat laborious). Some vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, etc., should not be packaged either, mainly because they could give off gases.

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mainly because they could give off gases that could ruin the quality of the product (although in the following points we are going to see how we can do it). In products such as meat or fish there are usually no problems, as long as the packaging process is carried out in the way you would expect. Both fruits and vegetables (at least most of them) can be packaged as follows

Fruits packaged in their natural state

As if that were not enough, the packaging allows to communicate the day of optimal use, that is to say, the day recommended as the deadline for the pleasant consumption. It can also be an appropriate place to inform about the health properties, explaining the contribution in vitamins, minerals and above all the effect on the organism.

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Fruit and vegetable packaging

The reason for these products is not to increase their shelf life or improve their quality. It is simply another tool for marketing, for sales, for attracting attention. To get more money in less time.

What we should demand is that they do not exist because these types of products harm us all. I also live on this planet and I also care about what others do if it affects me. The sellers themselves are the ones who should put sanity in this. Especially those in the big stores, which is where this type of product is found.

That’s why I still think we are hooked on plastic. Plastic may sometimes be transparent, but because of the way we act, it seems to be invisible. That it is already part of our lives in such a way that we are not able to see how unnecessary it is on many occasions. I notice it when I go to the supermarket, and instead of plastic bags, I carry my cloth bags and they rarely go unnoticed. In fact, sometimes they ask you why you carry them, they don’t charge you for those bags when you buy fruit, woman!  The reason is simple, I prefer not to take home something that is going to become waste as soon as I take out the food inside.