Knowing how to store tangerines properly is important in keeping your tangerines fresh and retaining their sweet, juicy deliciousness for longer. Especially with a hot and humid climate like Singapore, Jeju tangerines may go bad faster if extra care is not put into storing them well.
Here are some basic mandarin orange storage tips to take note of, so that you can easily keep your tangerines fresh and enjoy them for a longer period of time.
How to Keep Your Tangerines Fresh
1. Discard spoilt tangerines immediately
This may seem to be an obvious point, but it’s important to check your tangerines before storing them to pick out any bad ones. Tangerines have a high water content, meaning that they can rot easily. Even if you have good tangerines that are unblemished, they may still get spoilt if they are stored together with rotten tangerines.
Be sure to prevent this by throwing out any bad tangerines before they can infect the rest of your batch of tangerines!
2. Wash & dry well before storing
Washing your tangerines may seem like an intuitive thing, but it’s often overlooked as some people feel there is no need to do so as the tangerine peels won’t be consumed. While the tangerine peels can be used in a variety of ways like in making Tangerine Peel Tea, it’s still good to give your tangerines a good wash.
To wash your tangerines thoroughly, scrub the skins with baking soda, then place it in a small bowl. Add in a mixture of vinegar or salt with water in a 1:10 ratio, and rinse it well. Rinse it once more with running water to get squeaky clean tangerine peels.
Alternatively, you can use a food-safe soap to wash your tangerines to get them extra clean. The Natural Charcoal Washing Liquid by Dearcus contains no harmful ingredients and is completely natural, making it safe even for washing fruits and vegetables. This will help you rinse your tangerines thoroughly without the trouble of scrubbing with baking soda and having to make a vinegar/salt and water mixture for rinsing.
Due to the high water content of tangerines, they can spoil easily in Singapore’s humid weather, especially when they’re wet. As such, it’s important to let them dry completely before storing them - use a clean, dry towel or some kitchen paper towels to wipe off all the excess moisture!
3. Line storage boxes with newspaper
To keep your Jeju tangerines fresh for a longer period of time, line your storage boxes with newspaper to absorb the excess moisture from the tangerines as they sit around waiting to be consumed. You can also use other types of paper, or kitchen paper towels.
4. Store in a cool, well-ventilated area
Tangerines will also benefit from being stored in a cool place, as they will be able to remain fresh for longer. Place them in the refrigerator, or in a well-ventilated and non-humid area to prevent them from going bad too quickly.