Do you find meal preparation boring and burdensome? Washing, peeling, and chopping fresh fruits and vegetables can be quite tiring, especially if you’re doing it multiple times a day and just before cooking meals. But they don’t need to be a tedious and challenging process.
With NRTC Fresh, you can order fruits and vegetables online and get them delivered to your location with freshness guaranteed. We even provide pre-cleaned and pre-cut produce so that you can save time when cooking your meals. In case you prefer buying your fresh fruit and fresh vegetables whole, we can still help. There are numerous ways of preparing your fruits and vegetables quickly and efficiently. You’d be surprised at how much time you’ll save using some of the techniques.
Here are five simple fruit and vegetable preparation tips to help make your life easier.
- Buy in bulk
Bulk buying your fruits and vegetables helps you save time and money and speeds up your meal preparation. You avoid time and travel costs from multiple visits to the grocery and can even get great deals. NRTC Fresh enables you to bulk purchase straight from the website or mobile application and access various offers while saving even more time that would have been spent picking and choosing box-loads of fresh produce during a grocery visit. Of course, you must be sure to consider how quickly you intend to consume the fruits and vegetables and buy accordingly. Nevertheless, bulk buying allows you to do most of the preparation in advance and saves time if you want to make a meal on the spot without visiting the grocery.
- Prepare as soon as possible
So you’ve bulk ordered your fresh fruits and fresh vegetables online from NRTC Fresh. Now what? Make sure to start preparing as soon as you’ve received the delivery. You might think about popping all your produce in the fridge and preparing them later, but you can forget or end up procrastinating further. If not, you can try dedicating one day of the week to do your meal preparations so that you don’t have to worry about it later.
- Prepare your produce in batches
Organize your prepping station at home and start going through the preparation process one-by-one in batches. First, rinse the fruits and vegetables as needed and dry them. Next, peel and chop the produce as required for the meals you will be making for the week/next couple of days. Some fruits like apples, pears, bananas, and avocado tend to easily brown once cut. If you are not planning to use them soon, it might be better to store these ripe fruits (except bananas) whole in your crisper drawer. Fresh herbs such as coriander, basil, and mint, their leaves can be plucked from the stems and chopped into small piles.
If you enjoy veggies as snacks, it would be beneficial to chop them into bite-sized pieces for easy consumption later on. This helps save time and the effort needed to go through this process right before making a meal. It even makes the fruits and vegetables easy to store and results in less waste since you only clean up once and not multiple times.
- Store your produce well
Once you’re done with all the chopping, it’s time to store all that wholesome produce. Fruits and vegetables which have been chopped into bite-sized snacks can be packed in air-tight containers and then stored in the fridge. Save scraps like stalk ends and pop them in the freezer. They can even be used to make soups for later. Chopped fresh herbs can be stored in air-tight resealable bags in the fridge. If you plan on eating salads, you can choose your chopped salad ingredients and store them in mason jars to keep them fresh and delicious. Be sure to store your salad dressing separately as well.
- Batch Cook
Batch cooking helps simplify your meal preparation by cooking parts of your meal ahead of time. Suppose most of your meals include boiled vegetables, in that case, you can boil them beforehand and store the remaining in an airtight container in the fridge after letting the boiled produce reach room temperature. Similarly, soups and stews can be prepared with the required ingredients in one large pot and stored in the refrigerator for later. You only have to heat the soup later to prepare it.
Following these tips can help you save a lot of time when preparing your fresh fruits and vegetables. You can experience more convenience by purchasing our pre-cut produce. As the largest importer of fresh fruits and vegetables in the UAE, NRTC Fresh provides fresh fruit and fresh vegetable delivery in Dubai and other emirates with free delivery on orders above AED 60. We aim to enable healthier lives for all whole while bringing the nutrition and convenience of healthy produce to your doorstep. Customers can shop for fresh fruits and vegetables online on www.nrtcfresh.com/ or through the NRTC Fresh mobile application.