Striped marrow is a vegetable marrow that is an overgrown courgette. The name striped marrow is often shortened to the marrow. It is a vegetable that cannot be eaten raw and is always consumed after cooking.
It is shaped like a cylinder and narrower at the top and thicker at the bottom. Its skin is edible and green with long stripes on it, as suggested by its name. It has tender flesh and subtle flavor and makes the best combinations with chilies, citrus, bacon spices, garlic, and thyme.
How To Store Striped Marrow
The challenging part about vegetables is when you have to decide how to store your vegetable not to have to throw them for going bad. If you wish to store bulk or even a small amount of striped marrow, you need to be sure that marrow is fit for storing purposes. Any vegetable, including striped marrow, would not last long if it is already near its end of shelf life.
Some important points to be noted mentally when you buy striped marrow are listed below, including the type and quality of striped marrow stored.
When you go to the market to buy striped marrow, there are several things you should look for before confirming your choice. Choose the marrow, which is the smallest in size; oversized striped marrows tend to have a bitter taste and watery flesh.
The striped marrow you pick should be heavy and firm for its size, without any gashes or bruised skin. It should not have too soft spots when you press it. Firm striped marrows are more likely to last longer.
Keep At Room Temperature
If you have bought a few striped marrows and wish to cook them within 3 to 4 days, you can keep the uncut, whole striped marrows on your counter at room temperature. Ensure to keep them away from external heat sources such as stove or direct sunlight and keep them in a dry place.
Keep Inside The Refrigerator
A large quantity of striped marrow should not be left at the counter, as it is unlikely to be consumed in a few days. Keep the uncut striped marrow inside the crisper drawer of your refrigerator, and be sure to keep them dry. Wash them only when you are ready to use them.
Can You Freeze Striped Marrow
Striped marrow needs to be blanched before freezing. Cut the striped marrow; you can also peel it first if the skin is tough. Set a saucepan of boiling water and a large bowl of ice-cold water. Put the marrow in boiling water and let it sit for exactly 2 minutes.
Transfer it to ice-cold water to let it cool, drain and leave it to dry. Once dried, place each piece on a baking sheet to not touch each other, freeze for two to four hours, transfer it to a freezer bag, and store it in the freezer.
How Long Does Striped Marrow Last
If you want to know about the shelf life of striped marrow, you need to keep in mind its quality and the methods you have used for its storage. Good quality and good storage techniques can enable you to enjoy your marrow until it is finished.
When kept at the counter in a dry place, as whole and unwashed, the striped marrow can keep up to 5 to 6 days. Cut striped marrow only lasts an hour or two at the counter. The whole striped marrow in the refrigerator will last up to 1 to 2 weeks at maximum. If you keep cut striped marrow, it will be at most last a week inside the refrigerator.
Cooked striped marrow’s shelf life depends on the ingredients used; usually, you can keep it for up to three days in the refrigerator. Frozen striped marrow can last for 4 to 6 months in the freezer.
How To Tell If Striped Marrow Is Bad
Vegetables tend to have a shorter life span. Therefore it is important to tell if your vegetable is still good to eat or ready to be thrown out. A few things should be kept in mind when you wish to recognize a striped marrow that is not fit for use.
- Appearance: Check the skin of the striped marrow; broken skin indicates that it is going bad. In this case, you will need to cut it and check. If only some part of it is bad, you can cut that off and save the rest. Make sure to use it as soon as possible.
- Color: Dark brown or black spots with slimy surfaces are indications that marrow is bad.
- Shriveled ends: If the striped marrow has turned softer or rubbery than before and has a faded bottom or top, it is better to throw it out.