Microgreens are a delicious and nutritious addition to any meal. From salads to sandwiches, they add a pop of freshness, flavor, and color that can’t be beat. But how do you know when your microgreens have gone bad?
Read on for tips on how to tell if your microgreens are still fresh.
Appearance - The first sign of spoilage in microgreens is the appearance. If the leaves look wilted or discolored, it’s likely time to toss them out. Also check for any sliminess or mold growth that might indicate spoilage.
Smell - Another way to test for spoilage is by smell. If your microgreens have an off-odor or smell sour, they are probably no longer safe to eat.
Taste - Lastly, you can also taste test your microgreens to see if they’re still good. If they taste bitter or off in some other way, discard them and get new ones!
It’s important to remember that each type of microgreen has its own shelf life and should be stored differently depending on the type. For example, Basil has a shorter shelf life (7 days/avg) than Kale or Sunflower (Sunnies with a 14 days/avg) so it should be used sooner rather than later. It’s also important not to wash your microgreens until you are ready to use them as this will cause them to spoil faster.
Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to prevent your microgreens from spoiling prematurely.
*First and foremost, make sure that you're purchasing quality microgreens from a reliable source.
*Also be sure to store them properly
*Keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for maximum freshness. Using a paper towel on top and bottom will help absorb excess moisture, extending you beyond the "average" window.
Knowing when your microgreens have gone bad can save you time and money in the long run, so it pays off to take the time to inspect them before consuming them! By keeping an eye out for signs of spoilage such as wilting leaves, mold growth, and an off odor or taste, you can ensure that your microgreens stay fresh and flavorful for longer periods of time! So next time you're wondering whether it's time for new greens or not—trust your senses! They won't steer you wrong!
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