How to Store Kiwi?
Most of the kiwis come from New Zealand. Green kiwis and yellow kiwis also called the well-known Gold kiwi. Kiwi packed with vitamins and minerals. In this blog, we will discuss how to store kiwi for a long time.
How to store kiwi? This can be done in the following ways:
- Store in the fruit bowl for 3-7 days
- Store in the refrigerator for 1-3 weeks
- Keep in the freezer for 12 months
- Kiwi can also be dried for storage.
- Let kiwi ripen with other fruits.
- Stop ripening by putting kiwi in the fridge
This tasty fruit needs the right care to enjoy for a long time. Sometimes the kiwi has to ripen for a while and sometimes you can eat them right away.
This blog discusses the storage and ripening of kiwis. There are several methods to speed up or stop the ripening process.
We can store the kiwi in different ways. The most obvious place is the fruit bowl. If the kiwis are in a plastic package, remove it when you return home. The kiwi must be able to ventilate and circulation of air is important for this.
Make sure there are no other fruits on the kiwi. It remains a fragile fruit, especially when it ripens.
You can keep the kiwi for 3 to 7 days, depending on the ripeness of the kiwi you have bought.
Store Kiwi in the Refrigerator
The kiwi can also be stored very well in the refrigerator. Even though it is a tropical fruit, the refrigerator is a great place for the kiwi.
Again, remove the kiwi from the packaging and place it in the bottom of the refrigerator, preferably in the vegetable drawer. Make sure that no other fruit or vegetables are placed on the kiwi because they remain fragile.
The kiwi in the refrigerator can be kept for 1-3 weeks, again depending on the ripeness of the kiwi. However, you can keep very hard kiwi in the fridge for up to 2 months.
Store Kiwi in the Freezer
You can also store kiwi in the freezer. You can put the whole kiwi in the freezer or pieces of kiwi.
If you don’t like the skin, cut it off the kiwi. Then make slices of kiwi that you put in a freezer bag. When you pack them in portions, you can grab just the right amount and you don’t have to defrost everything. This bag then goes into the freezer.
For example, you can use frozen kiwi for a delicious smoothie.
If you want to use the kiwi from the freezer, let it thaw on a bowl in the freezer. This is the slow way of defrosting. If you are going to process it in a smoothie, it can go straight into the blender from the freezer.
Nothing is such a shame when you crave a kiwi and it is not yet ripe. However, there are ways to ripen a kiwi faster or slower. This way you always have a ripe kiwi and you will never get an unripe kiwi again.
The first and best place is on the fruit bowl. Kiwis ripen best here. Make sure the kiwi is not in the sun. This causes them to discolor and can rot.
To speed up the ripening of kiwi, you can place them next to, for example, apples, pears, and bananas. These fruits release the gas ethylene and this promotes the ripening of the kiwi. Make sure the kiwi is not under the apples and pears. When they ripen, they can be dented and slowly rot. Always place them next to or on top of the other fruits.
Kiwi Ripen Faster
Do you want to ripen a kiwi even faster? Then put the kiwi in a paper bag and a few apples, pears or bananas.
Some of the ethylene that is released during the ripening of the other fruits remains in the bag longer, which means that the kiwis also ripen faster.
Don’t do this with a plastic bag. It cannot ventilate and then all the fruits will rot.
Kiwi Ripening Stop
Is the kiwi ripening faster than expected? Then you can also stop the ripening process. You can stop this by placing the kiwi in the fridge or freezing it. Thus, the ripening process stops.
Do not place the kiwi in the refrigerator next to other fruit, as this other fruit will continue to give off ethylene gas and the kiwi will continue to ripen.
So put them separately in the fridge. You can then keep them for 1-3 weeks, depending on the ripeness.
How you can keep them carefully as described above.
The next way to store kiwi is to dry it on the kiwi. This is how you get dried fruit. The moisture disappears and a delicious, sweet kiwi flavor remains.
First, peel the kiwi all around. Remove the peel.
Then cut the kiwi into slices of 8 to 10 millimeters. The drying of the kiwi depends on the thickness of the slices and the freshness of the kiwi.
Heat the oven to 55-60 degrees. Not higher, because we don’t want the kiwi to bake!
Place the kiwi slices on the baking tray and slide the baking tray into the oven. Now it is a matter of a long wait. After a few hours, turn the pieces over and put them back in the oven.
The process in the oven can take up to a day.
When the kiwi slices are ready, take them out of the oven and let them cool. They can then be kept in a sealed glass jar.
Good food dehydrators are also available for drying. Practical if you plan to do this drying with multiple fruits because the drying time will be considerably shorter.
So, now you know everything about storing and ripening kiwi and you always have fresh kiwi at home. Enjoy your meal!