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Old 25.06.2016, 21:54
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Re: How to kill Fruit Flies

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Do people really still store fruit & veg in the open these days?
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Agree, but why?
Why not? For me it's about temperature, taste, and ripeness. I can't stand ice-cold fruit or veg, except for carrots. I love cold carrots. We do store salad in the fridge, because otherwise it just wilts on the counter. I also store veg in the fridge if it's already been cut (e.g. onions) and I don't want it stinking up the house. And of course fresh meat and dairy go in the fridge if they're not being consumed in the next hour or so.

But everything else stays on the counter for the most part.

Oh and for OP, maybe take a look at this thread for some ideas:
How to avoid fruit flies???
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Old 25.06.2016, 22:49
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OP, are you American?

Are you?


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Re: How to kill Fruit Flies

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Yep. Little Rufus likes to help herself to nanabas and cannot reach the fridge. Besides, they go black in the fridge and we cannot persuade her to eat a black nanaba. Dead ones get regularly transformed in to banana cake (bread). This she can say perfectly.


Onions, spuds, the occasional leek... they're all on the trolley thing in the corner. Tomatoes too sometimes.


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RufusB; please, please STOP storing potatoes on that trolley, it's dangerous. They develop an enzyme that's potentially poisonous when exposed to daylight.

http://www.todayshomeowner.com/are-g...oes-poisonous/
https://www.fsai.ie/faq/green_potatoes.html
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Rule of thumb.... anything that grows below the ground should be stored in a cool, dark place. Refridgeration isn't necessary, but keep them away from light.
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Old 25.06.2016, 23:35
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Re: How to kill Fruit Flies

Anjela - they're in a cloth bag and generally under a load of other stuff. And we never eat any green ones!


Thanks for your concern, however.
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Anjela - they're in a cloth bag and generally under a load of other stuff. And we never eat any green ones!


Thanks for your concern, however.
As long as you don't eat any of the ones that taste bitter or watery.....green isn't the only sign.
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As long as you don't eat any of the ones that taste bitter or watery.....green isn't the only sign.


I promise. I'll add it to my growing list of things that bother me, including the tumble dryer being on when we're out and the remote control down the sofa.


I sound glib. I don't mean to.


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Re: How to kill Fruit Flies

but.. potatoes in supermarkets are usually exposed to daylight.
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Old 25.06.2016, 23:54
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but.. potatoes in supermarkets are usually exposed to daylight.

Well, more artificial light, but yes.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solani...ne_in_potatoes
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I think the green thing is age related, yes? They get a bit sprouty too.
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Old 26.06.2016, 00:15
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I think the green thing is age related, yes? They get a bit sprouty too.
I'm not sure, it doesn't always happen. I keep mine in my drawers, and although they sometimes sprout, they rarely go green.


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Old 26.06.2016, 00:22
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Re: How to kill Fruit Flies

if you drink wine, good idea to rinse the empty bottle (s) with a bit of water
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Old 26.06.2016, 00:26
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I'm not sure, it doesn't always happen. I keep mine in my drawers, and although they sometimes sprout, they rarely go green.


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Hmm... tubers in your drawers... it's all got a bit Blackadder the Second. Where's Baldric when you need him!

And just for you, no winky face... I restrained myself.
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if you drink wine, good idea to rinse the empty bottle (s) with a bit of water
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Old 26.06.2016, 00:33
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Helps against the flies. (and unless you have a hummingbird tongue there is no other way to get the wine out)
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Helps against the flies. (and unless you have a hummingbird tongue there is no other way to get the wine out)
Oh the possibilities...


And on that note, and as the dog is snoring on my feet, I'm off to bed.
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but.. potatoes in supermarkets are usually exposed to daylight.
Have you ever looked closely at them? the Coop is especially bad about it, the packets of small potatoes they sell invariably seem to contain greenish-hued ones.

I've a bit of a thing about it, many years ago a work colleague became ill (whilst pregnant) because her stupid husband insisted that they ate the potatoes he'd grown on his allotment despite him not storing them properly so they'd 'turned'; fortunately neither she nor the baby suffered any long-term damage.
In that case they were in an old sack that was kept outside the back door. So exposed to both light and heat.

Years later I was horrified to discover that my daughter-in-law kept new potatoes in a bowl near the kitchen window 'because they looked pretty'!
Scream.... son got a right royal telling off over that bit of stupidity.
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I think the green thing is age related, yes? They get a bit sprouty too.
The sprouty thing is due to aging as the pototo is simply trying to reproduce itself before it 'dies'.
The green bit isn't. That's solely down to exposure to sunlight and is connected to the chlorophyll (which is found in all green plants) process.
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Have you ever looked closely at them? the Coop is especially bad about it, the packets of small potatoes they sell invariably seem to contain greenish-hued ones.

I've a bit of a thing about it, many years ago a work colleague became ill (whilst pregnant) because her stupid husband insisted that they ate the potatoes he'd grown on his allotment despite him not storing them properly so they'd 'turned'; fortunately neither she nor the baby suffered any long-term damage.
In that case they were in an old sack that was kept outside the back door. So exposed to both light and heat.

Years later I was horrified to discover that my daughter-in-law kept new potatoes in a bowl near the kitchen window 'because they looked pretty'!
Scream.... son got a right royal telling off over that bit of stupidity.
Now that I think of it, my father use to always keep newly picked potatoes in the kitchen in a box covered in soil. He insisted it kept them fresh as sunlight destroys them. That box of dirt drove my Mother mad

Thankfully, I keep mine in a basket in quite a dark corner in the kitchen.
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Now that I think of it, my father use to always keep newly picked potatoes in the kitchen in a box covered in soil. He insisted it kept them fresh as sunlight destroys them. That box of dirt drove my Mother mad

Thankfully, I keep mine in a basket in quite a dark corner in the kitchen.
My Mother used to do that, as did hers before her. But they used sand rather than soil, apparently the lack of light and air makes the tubers dormant.
Mum used an old Peek Freans biscuit tin... and kept in the shed rather than the kitchen! It's an old trick, new potatoes will easily keep until Christmas that way.
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Old 26.06.2016, 12:28
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Re: How to kill Fruit Flies

Leave a half glass of white wine out, they seem to love diving into wine.

On that note, it's apéro time, put a beer mat over your glass. That way you are not eating sozzled flies.
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