The Best Ways to Store a Mango and Keep It Fresh for Longer

Mangos are a delicious and nutritious fruit that can be enjoyed in many different ways. Whether you eat them fresh, dried, or blended into smoothies, mangos are a great addition to any diet. However, like all fruits, mangos can spoil if not stored correctly. In this blog post, we will discuss the best way to store a mango so that it stays fresh for as long as possible.

Choose Ripe Mangos

The first step in storing mangos is to choose ripe ones. Look for mangos that have a slightly soft texture when gently squeezed and have a fragrant aroma at the stem end. Avoid mangos that are too hard or too soft as they may not be ripe enough or may already be overripe.

Picking the Perfect Mango

When picking out your mangoes there are several things you want to look for:

– Smell: Give it a sniff! A ripe mango will have an enticing fruity scent.
– Texture: The skin should give slightly when pressed but shouldn’t feel mushy.
– Color: Most types of mangoes will start off green and get more yellow (or orange) as they ripen.
– Weight: A juicy ripe mango should feel heavy for its size

Store at Room Temperature

Once you have chosen your perfect ripened mangoes, it’s important to know how to store them properly so that they don’t spoil quickly. The ideal storage temperature for most varieties of fully ripened mangos is between 70°F and 75°F (21°C – 24°C). Therefore room temperature is usually perfect!

Place the uncut fruit on your kitchen counter away from direct sunlight until you’re ready to slice & dice.

It’s worth noting though once cut slices won’t last very long before becoming brown/yellow colored due oxidization meaning refrigeration becomes necessary.

Refrigerate If Necessary

If you don’t plan to eat your mangoes within a few days, you can prolong their freshness by refrigerating them. Before placing the mangoes in the fridge:

– Wrap each mango separately in paper or plastic
– Store them in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator

Mangos can last for up to a week when stored properly in the refrigerator. However, once cut it’s essential to consume within 24 hours after refrigeration.

Freezing Mangos

Frozen mangos are great for smoothies! To freeze mangos:

1. Peel and dice into small pieces
2. Lay out on baking sheet (not touching)
3. Freeze overnight (or minimum of four hours)
4. Transfer frozen diced pieces into freezer safe container/bag

When you’re ready to use your frozen mangos, grab however much as needed from your container and place directly into blender or recipe mixture.

Avoid Placing Mangos Near Other Fruits

Lastly, it’s important to avoid storing ripe mangos with other fruits at room temperature because they give off ethylene gas which could speed up ripening processes which will negatively impact quality and may cause spoilage sooner than necessary.

Conclusion

In conclusion, storing a mango is easy if done correctly—simply keep them at room temperature until they’re ready to be eaten or placed in an air-tight bag/box/paper package if needed before putting them inside the crisper drawer of your refrigerator for long-term storage.

With these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy fresh and juicy mangos for as long as possible without having any go bad too quickly!

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