Shock Value: How to Keep Summer Produce Fresh

by in Food Network Magazine, July 25th, 2013

produceFood scientists think they’ve found a way to extend the life of fresh produce: Shock it in warm water. Researchers at The Cooking Lab, a research facility started by Modernist Cuisine author Nathan Myhrvold, report that submerging fruit and vegetables in hot water slows the production of the gases and enzymes that turn them brown. Just fill a large pot with hot tap water (between 122 degrees F and 131 degrees F) and soak the produce for two to three minutes. Then drain, dry and refrigerate it as usual. Your fruit and veggies might taste better, too. W. Wayt Gibbs from the lab says that, in the study, they found a slight increase in crunchiness.

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Comments (3)

  1. Never thought of doing that before. From a biology-student standpoint that makes loads of sense. Thanks!

  2. Connie says:

    What a great idea. I'll be trying this from now on. Don't think it would do a great deal for lettuce though :-)

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