HOW TO PROPERLY STORE MANGOES

HOW TO PROPERLY STORE MANGOES

How to properly store mangoes

 As mango season approaches, which runs from May to September, we thought it would be a good time to share some tips and tricks for storing mangoes. As anyone who loves mangoes will tell you, the tropical fruits are healthy (and delicious) when they are ripe. While an unripe mango often lacks the juiciness and burst of sweet, fruity flavors that mangoes are known for, overripe mangoes actually begin to ferment and tend to have a sour taste and smell.
 
So how do you know when a mango is ripe? 

Ripe mangoes will have a yellow or orange/red skin, unlike green ones, and will have a sweet aroma. A ripe mango also yield slightly when you gently press it with your fingers, just like a ripe peach.

 Now that you know how to choose the perfect mango at the grocery store or farmers market, read on for some expert mango storage tips! 

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How to store mangoes
 
As you may have guessed, how to store a mango depends on whether it is ripe or not. It is best to store young mangoes at room temperature and not in the refrigerator. At room temperature, the fruit will continue to grow, taste and taste in a few days. To speed up the ripening process, place the mangoes in a paper bag at room temperature. Once the mango yield slightly yo touch, it is ready to eat.
 
If your mangoes are ripe, don't delay eating them! While ripe mangoes are delicious on their own, they also make a great addition to your morning smoothie, a great oatmeal topping, and are even delicious when baked and baked into a cake.

 Can you store mangoes in the fridge?
 
Yes, you can store mangoes in the refrigerator. Of course, if you find yourself with a ripe mango that you are not quite ready to eat, go ahead and put it in the refrigerator. The cool temperature in the refrigerator will slow down the ripening process, which means you will have more time to enjoy the fruit. Whole, ripe mangoes will stay fresh in the refrigerator for about five days.

How to Store Cubed or Sliced ​​Mangoes
 
So, have you already cut the flesh of a mango but don't want to eat or cook with the whole fruit in one go? Ideally, you can store peeled and sliced ​​or cubed mangoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about a week. Just wash your peeled or cubed mangoes before eating them, because they will go bad. If it smells sour, throw it away.

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Can you freeze mangoes? 

Yes, you can freeze mangoes. In fact, they are one of the fruits that freeze well. To properly freeze a mango, wait until it is ripe then follow the steps below:

  •  Peel the ripe mango and cut it into slices or cubes.
  • Arrange the mango pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, making sure none of the pieces touch each other. 
  • Put the baking sheet in the freezer for at least two hours, or even overnight.
  • Once the pieces of fruit are frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag and remove as much air as possible from the bag. Seal the bag tightly and label it with the date.

 
Once frozen using this method, mangoes will stay fresh for up to six months. To thaw frozen mangoes, refrigerate overnight or place a bag of frozen mangoes in a bowl of cold water. Fruit should be completely dissolved in about three hours.
 
Frozen and thawed mangoes are usually sweeter than fresh mangoes, but still taste like fresh fruit, which means they are great for use in smoothies, frozen drinks, or baked goods.

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