Mango is the king of all fruits.
Mangoes are tropical fruits with a fresh aroma and sweet flavorYou can eat them as a snack, make a smoothie, or as a dessert toppingIn fact, you can use mango in a variety of waysWell, we aren’t going to discuss how to use mangoThe topic of this article is how to store mango, so we will focus on that.
You may not know that mango has a shorter lifespan. They have a shorter shelf-life. Mangoes can last only for a week at room temperature. Luckily, we have many ways to store them. The purpose of storing them is to keep them fresh and flavorful. The interesting thing is that you can freeze mangoes – and they will last for a year.
How to choose mangoes for storage?
The heavy-size mangoes are the best. So, first, you need to check the heaviness of the mangoes. If they are heavy, they are good for storage. Make sure you avoid choosing flat ones. Plump mangoes are what you need to look for.
Give mangoes a little squeeze if you want ripe mangoes. When they are softer, they ripen. At the same time, avoid getting squishy mangoes. You don’t need those for storage. You need to choose the ones that are both soft and firm. A good balance is key.
Moreover, you can check the smell of the mangoes. Usually, ripe mangoes have sweet aroma at the end of the stem. The color of the mango can also determine the ripe-nature of this fruit. If it is greener, then it is not ripe. On the other hand, if it is yellow or reddish, they seem ripe.
How to Store Mangoes?
The ripe and unripe nature of the mangoes determines the storage capability. You can store mangoes at room temperature when they are unripe. This will allow the unripe mangoes to ripe in a few days.
Also, you can place mangoes in large jars or plastic bags. It is essential to provide good ventilation so that they get some fresh air. Similarly, you need to protect them from pests. The ripe process takes around 8 days. However, this also depends on the stage at which they are in the ripe process.
To speed up the process, you can place them in a paper bag, which causes the mangoes to release a chemical called ethylene. Actually, it is a gas that speeds up the process of ripening.
How to store mangoes in the fridge?
You can store your mangoes in the fridge or refrigerator. Avoid placing unripe mangoes in the fridge. Also, when you put them in the fridge, it will stop the ripening process. Therefore, there is no need for storing unripe mangoes in the fridge.
Instead, you should wait for 8 days so that the unripe mangoes can ripe. Then, place them in the fridge. This is a good way to store mangoes. The purpose is to give your mangoes some time to sweeten. You can only do this by allowing them to ripe at the room temperature.
It is completely up to you to store mangoes with or without peeling them. It is important to slice mangoes in large chunks if they are unpeeled. Next, you must store them in a container.
Make sure the container is airtight and then only you can place them in the fridge. Your mangoes can last for a week in the refrigerator. Unlike grapes that can last for 4 weeks, mangoes lack this capability. On the other hand, if you want to store them for a longer time, there are some other ways to do this.
Extending the shelf-life of mangoes requires refrigeration but in a proper way. Mangoes can get mushy when thawed. However, they will maintain the fresh and sweet flavor. You can also use your mangoes as cooking ingredients. Mangoes are good for making smoothies and milkshakes.
There are various ways to freeze your mangoes. The freezing depends on the usage and the time period for which you want to store them. However, before you do all that, keep in mind that you have let them ripe before putting them in the refrigerator.
After taking care of your mangoes at room temperature, it is now time to put them in the fridge or refrigerator. There are various ways to store them in the fridge. Here, we will discuss the best ways. One of the most widely used methods is the syrup method. Let us tell you about that method.
If you are planning to use mangoes to make sauces, purees, and salads, then you need to coat them in simple syrup. Using this technique, you can store for up to a year. How to do this?
Well, combine 2 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar in a medium-size pot. Stir the mixture while boiling it. Once you come to know that the mixture is ready, remove it from the heating and let it cool down.
Next, you need to peel the mangoes and then slide them into cubes. Place the cubes in a safe container. Your syrup is ready. Pour the syrup over your mango cubes. Once done, put them back in the fridge.
Storing mangoes as a DIY project is easy. Yes, for some people, it is difficult if they don’t have enough knowledge about storage procedures. Lastly, mangoes are our favorite fruit and we use the above methods for storage. These methods yield good results.