Tips for properly storing seasonal produce

Summer is an exciting time for fruit lovers in the Philippines. Many local fruits are in season between April and June, and it’s common to see large amounts of mangoes, melons, jackfruits, and Java plums in the market during this period. People who incorporate a lot of vegetables into their diet also have something to look forward to during this time. While it’s possible to grow vegetables year-round in a tropical country, summer is a particularly good time to harvest beans, corn, cucumbers, greens, peppers, and sweet potatoes, among others. Fresh produce like this makes for great snacks and salad components, especially if you’re trying to eat lighter and healthier this season.

To maximize your haul of fresh fruits and veggies, you need to consider how to best store them so that they’ll stay fresh for longer. Perhaps you recently opted to buy inverter refrigerator and you’re planning to put everything in there for the time being. That’s a good start, but you should also know that not every fruit and vegetable needs to be refrigerated.

Some Items Are Better Stored Outside the Fridge

There are some fruits and vegetables that fare better when left on the counter or stored in the pantry. Unfortunately, the only way to take note of which goes where is to keep a list and commit that list to memory. Among the vegetables that should be kept out of the fridge are tomatoes, garlic, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and ginger. When it comes to fruits, there are those that should be stored at room temperature until they’re fully ripe, after which they can be kept in the fridge. These include avocados, bananas, guavas, mangoes, melons, and papayas. Other fruits do equally well when left on the counter or stored inside the fridge. Take note that once a fruit has been opened or cut, it should be put in a container and stored in the refrigerator.

Not needing to refrigerate certain fruits and vegetables doesn’t mean that you can just leave them on the counter. Produce should be placed in a cool, dry, and dark place, as some have a tendency to sprout when exposed to sunlight.

On the other hand, there are fruits and vegetables that must be stored at low temperatures. Proper preparation is necessary to preserve their quality and extend their shelf life. Here are some of the essential tips you should know when storing summer produce in the fridge.

Refrain From Washing Them before Putting Them in the Fridge

It’s tempting to wash produce first so you can be sure it’s clean before storing it in the fridge. However, it’s best to refrain from doing so, as putting moist or wet items in the refrigerator can add to the internal humidity. The excess moisture, in turn, can negatively impact the freshness of produce and cause your fruits and veggies to rot earlier than they should.

Avoid Cutting Fruits and Veggies before Storing Them

Fruits and vegetables that are cut before storage are more likely to go bad faster compared to those that are stored intact. As much as possible, put these items whole in the refrigerator to preserve their freshness. Now, there are instances when you only need a portion of a fruit or veggie and have to store the remainder in the refrigerator. In this case, make sure to store these cut pieces in a covered container to keep them fresh for as long as possible.

Check If the Item Will Do Better on the Shelves or in the Crisper

The crisper is a drawer in your refrigerator that is specifically designed to keep produce fresh. It does this by fostering a greater level of humidity compared to the regular shelves in your fridge. Some crispers can even be manipulated to provide the precise level of humidity needed to keep fruits and veggies fresh for a longer time. As a rule of thumb, vegetables do better in the crisper than on the shelves of the ref. If an item is prone to wilting, it should go into the high-humidity crisper. 

In the meantime, items that are prone to rot or overripening may be best kept on the fridge shelves or in a separate drawer. Fruits like bananas and apples can rot faster if stored in a high-humidity environment like the crisper drawer. Additionally, these items produce ethylene gas, which can affect the quality of your other fruits and vegetables. Storing them in a separate area ensures that the gas will not affect other produce.

Mind the Refrigerator’s Temperature and Humidity Level

If your refrigerator’s internal temperature tends to fluctuate, this can negatively impact the freshness of the fruits and vegetables you store in it. Should this happen, it’s best to have a professional check your kitchen appliance to determine the issue and solve it. This way, you’re less likely to waste food or get sick from eating spoiled food. Aside from keeping the temperature stable, check your fridge’s humidity level. Remember that different types of produce will have different moisture requirements, so you want to be able to maintain the optimal level of moisture in your fridge.

Following these tips will help you make the most of your produce and enjoy it without having to make daily trips to the market. However, do remember that fruits and vegetables have a limited shelf life, and a refrigerator can only help you extend this by a little bit. As such, it’s best to couple these tips with planning your purchases well and buying your summer fruits and veggies with a sense of purpose.


Boost your immune system with easy and healthy dishes from La Germania

La Germania dishes nutritious recipes to strengthen you and your family amid cold and flu season

The new year marks a fresh start, but it also means that flu season is upon us. That’s why it’s vital for you and your loved ones to take care of your health. One of the best ways to shield ourselves from diseases and possible health risks is preparing nutritious dishes at home.

To help you boost your immune system amid flu season, La Germania shares three recipes that are easy to make and rich with health benefits. By preparing these dishes at home, you also get to make a lot of savings. Hence, you hit two birds with one stone.

Get fancy with Salmon en Papillote

La Germania Healthy Dishes

French cuisine may sound intimidating, but this tender fish is deceptively easy and fast to prepare. Salmon is one of the most nutritious foods in the market, rich in omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins. Omega-3 fatty acids help build and maintain a healthy body, while B vitamins are a good energy source and may help with certain health problems, like migraines and anxiety. Baking this flavourful French dish will be a total breeze with your La Germania oven range.


  • 1.5 lbs salmon, cut into four pieces
  • One small zucchini, thinly sliced
  • One head fennel, thinly sliced
  • One lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Parchment paper


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Cut parchment into four large ovals 15” by 10” inches. Then, fold each parchment in half.
  • On half of each parchment, layer on ¼ of the zucchini, ¼ the fennel, one piece of salmon, sprinkle with ¼ tsp salt, ¼ pepper, ¼ tsp dill, lemon slices, drizzle each salmon with one teaspoon olive oil and a few pieces of fennel fronds. Repeat this process with the three remaining salmon filets.
  • Close the parchment by folding the other half over the prepared salmon and carefully roll the open edges toward the center.
  • Set pouches on a baking sheet and bake on the center rack for 15 minutes.
  • Open carefully using a fork and serve.

Snack it up with Baked Garlic Sweet Potatoes

La Germania Healthy Dishes

If you’re in the mood for a delicious snack, you can forgo junk food and try this affordable yet delectable option instead. Sweet potato (a.k.a kamote) is a superfood packed with plenty of nutrients like Potassium, beta-carotene and Vitamin C. Potassium regulates one’s heartbeat. In contrast, beta-carotene is good for one’s eyesight. Meanwhile, Vitamin C is necessary for the growth, development, and repair of all body tissues. That’s why you should eat more sweet potatoes this flu season. With a La Germania compact oven in your arsenal, you can bake this mouthwatering dish to your heart’s content.


  • Four medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch matchsticks
  • Two tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Five cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Two tablespoons chopped parsley leaves for garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
  • Place the sweet potatoes in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Add olive oil and gently toss to combine; season with salt and pepper to taste. Place into oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until golden and crisp, tossing occasionally.
  • Combine sweet potato with garlic and Parmesan cheese.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Recipe from

La Germania Healthy Dishes

There’s nothing like a warm soup to stay healthy this cold and flu season. You can skip the store-bought or instant soup by making this soup dish full of immunity-boosting, anti-inflammatory, and detoxifying ingredients like assorted vegetables and a medley of spices. Following this 30-minute recipe will be easy peasy with your La Germania electric stove.


  • One tablespoon olive oil
  • One yellow onion, diced
  • Six cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • One teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • One tablespoon lemon juice
  • One large sweet potato (about 1/2 lb) diced into ½” cubes
  • 1 15oz can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup red lentils, uncooked and rinsed
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup kale, destemmed and torn into 1” pieces
  • Salt to taste


  • In a large pot or dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat for 1 minute.
  • Add the onion and cook over medium heat for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the garlic and ginger and continue to cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Add the turmeric and paprika and continue to cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the lemon juice, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, red lentils, and vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
  • Once the soup begins to boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the sweet potato is soft.
  • Add kale and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes until the kale has softened and wilted slightly.
  • Season with salt to taste.

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Built according to the highest European standards in terms of construction and design, La Germania appliances allow you to prepare nutritious dishes in an efficient and easy way. With guaranteed durability and superior quality, they’re a good investment for you to channel your inner chef, and make more immune-boosting food at home.

La Germania products are available online through La Germania’s official e-commerce website and e-commerce platforms on Shopee and Lazada. You may follow the trusted kitchen and appliance brand’s official Facebook and Instagram accounts for more information on La Germania and its products.

Recipes and images provided by La Germania in a recent press release.

Gear up for cooking.

La Germania Electric Thermostat Oven
La Germania Electric Thermostat Oven
La Germania Range FS5031 21XR oven
La Germania Range FS5031 21XR oven