Did you purchase vegetables a while back and forget you had them in storage? Maybe you’re wondering why some of your vegetables have unsightly black spots on them. Whatever your situation is, you never want to have old vegetables sitting around your business. Old vegetables are not only unsightly but can also be unsafe for consumption. You don’t want anyone in your facility, whether it’s an employee or customer, to end up eating anything that is too old to be eaten. Here are the dangers that come with various kinds of old vegetables.
Spotting Old Cauliflower
This is a vegetable that has a clear visible sign of becoming spoiled. If cauliflower is too old, you’ll begin to notice either brown or black spots forming on it. These spots end up developing because of pathogens. Since pathogens are the source of the problem, the brown/black spots are not safe for consumption.
Old and discolored cauliflower needs to be thrown away. You only want to have cauliflower that has a white color to it.
Knowing When Corn is One of Your Old Vegetables
Corn has different indicators for when it becomes too old. You’ll start seeing white slime forming on it, or you may notice that it has begun drying out. If corn has become too dry or you begin to see the formation of the aforementioned white slime, don’t let anyone eat the corn! White slime and dryness are both indicators that corn has begun to rot.
Preventing Old Vegetables From Being a Problem
Ideally, you never have to deal with food spoilage. While this is typically not what businesses experience, you at least want to keep spoilage down to a minimum if it’s possible. You do have to exercise caution, though, because vegetables end up going bad more quickly than you may expect.
To minimize spoilage, storage is going to be important. Where you store your produce will determine how long it is able to last in your building. Make sure the temperature is suitable for whatever vegetables you’re storing. Also, consider if any of your vegetables lose moisture at a more rapid rate. If so, you might want to store them in places that have a lot of humidity. This will keep those vegetables from losing as much moisture.
Baywater Farms Has The Right Produce For You
Baywater Farms is a family-owned and operated farm servicing Baltimore, Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware beaches, and the Eastern Shore. We are capable of meeting the demands of your produce distributor, restaurant produce supplier, CSA produce supplier, or wholesale produce supplier while maintaining the integrity and character of a small farm. When you work with Baywater Farms, you work with an experienced, ethical, and local farm dedicated to providing the highest-quality heirloom produce.