Jicama is a vegetable having an oval shape and is in light brown, and has juicy white flesh. It is similar to an uncooked potato that is crunchier and juicy. Its taste is sweet and has a type of nutty flavor. Jicama is available in every season throughout the year. Jicama is a rich source of nutrients; it contains many vitamins, minerals, and fibers. It provides many other health benefits like heart health, digestion, and weight loss and reduces cancer risk.
We can use it in salads; it can also be steamed, boiled, fried like a potato. Jicama will have a crispy texture until it is overcooked. As it is used in many ways as our food and for our health, we need to answer whether it goes bad? Yes, it can go bad, too; an ingredient used as a food can worsen depending upon its storage conditions. If not stored properly, it can get spoiled easily. Let’s discuss its storage conditions in the article below.
How to store Jicama
Any food can last longer if stored properly in its proper way and with proper conditions. Jicama can also last longer if stored with its proper technique. Let’s discuss the storage conditions of Jicama. The important thing to know about Jicama is storing it in a dry place, whether in the fridge or on the counter, making sure that the place is dry or getting spoiled very quickly.
At room temperature
Jicama can be stored at room temperature until it is cut and its skin is peeled off. To store the Jicama in the room or pantry, make sure that it has been stored in a cool, dark, and dry place and at a stable temperature; otherwise, it will get spoiled easily.
If there is cut into Jicama, it cannot be stored further at room temperature. So, it is required to store the Jicama in the refrigerator. First, store it in the refrigerator, make sure that it has no moisture, and then place it in an airtight container or wrap it tightly with plastic wrap. Store it in the vegetable drawer and make sure that it is not stored in the coolest place in the refrigerator.
Away from sunlight
If you store the Jicama in the pantry or kitchen counter, make sure that it is not stored in the sunlight or near any heat source. The sunlight is the main cause due to which many foods get damaged. To make the Jicama last long, store it away from the sunlight, in a cool, dark, and dry place so that it will not get spoiled that quickly and can be consumed later.
Can you freeze Jicama?
To extend the Jicama’s lifetime from the room temperature and refrigerator, we can store it in the freezer. We can store any food in the freezer to extend its lifetime. But its quality may differ with time. Both the sliced and the whole Jicama can be stored in the freezer. The technique is to make sure the Jicama is dry, then wrap it tightly in the foil or place it in the airtight container or freezer bag and then store it in the freezer.
While storing in the freezer, keep it away from the most moisture area; otherwise, it will worsen, and we will not be able to use it further, and in this way, the Jicama can last longer than that of the refrigerator.
How long does Jicama last?
The lifetime of the food depends upon the storage condition in which we stored it. It can last long, and, in some ways, it can get bad quickly. Let’s discuss the lifetime of the Jicama in the article below.
If Jicama is stored at room temperature in the pantry by using the proper way and techniques, it can last long to 3 weeks. But before consuming, first, make sure that there is no sign of spoilage to use it safely.
If stored in the refrigerator with the proper method, it can last long up to 2 weeks. And after that, look after the spoilage and then use it. Finally, if it is stored in the freezer with proper technique, it can last long up to a year. After that, it will be safe, but its quality will differ.
How to tell if Jicama is bad
There are several ways through which every spoiled food can be spotted and identified. Humans need to make healthy food to maintain their health. Let’s discuss the ways through which we can spot spoilage.
The first way is to observe its smell. If it has an unpleasant and off smell, discard it because it will not be safe to consume it further. The other way is to look at its appearance; if there are any mold sign and any sign that feels like spoilage, throw the Jicama away and don’t use it further.