Vegetables and fruits are so good for us and, as Mom’s, our goal is to get our family to eat fruits and vegetables at least 3 – 5 times a day.
Vegetables can be so expensive, especially if you are purchasing organic. Making sure that your vegetables are stored correctly will prevent them from going limp and rotting. You are able to feed your family well and save money since you are not wasting food.
Not all vegetables and fruits belong in the refrigerator. If you think about the way produce is displayed in the grocery store, you will have a general idea of how to store produce in your home.
Today, let’s talk about how to store fresh vegetables.
If you are using your refrigerator to store fresh vegetables, it is important to create an environment that is airy and damp. You don’t want your refrigerator to be wet, but you do want damp. Again, think of the grocery store – they have times set to wet the produce down.
Using your refrigerator for vegetable storage:
- Refrigerators should be kept at 41 F or less.
- Use the right drawer in your refrigerator (if you have them) Vegetables require more humidity, fruit requires lower humidity
- Place a paper towel at the bottom of each drawer. This helps wick up any excess water and keeps the drawer clean. (change out once a week)
- Use the plastic bag the vegetables came in (if you are against plastic, you can use clean rags or tea towels)
- Clean out the drawers of your refrigerator about 1 time a week. Use homemade cleaners – you don’t want chemicals close to your food. I use equal parts vinegar and water solution. Vinegar will destroy the mildew.
The guide below is a general guide on how to store fresh vegetables. For more information on clean eating food storage, stop by Organized31.
How to store fresh vegetables
Asparagus – Put it in an inch of water in a container and store upright
Green Beans – Place unwashed in a storage bag or container
Broccoli – Place in an open container in the refrigerator
Brussels Sprouts – Store in a container with a damp towel covering them.
Cabbage – You can keep this vegetable on the counter for about a week (if the temperature is warm in the house, place whole in the refrigerator)
Carrots – Store washed or unwashed. Refrigerate in a bag with a hole in it.
Cauliflower – Best used the day you purchase it. Keeps 2 – 4 days in the refrigerator in a bag with holes.
Celery – Store in an inch or so of water on the counter or in the refrigerator. If it becomes limp, place in ice water for about 30 minutes
Cucumbers – Best eaten within the first 2 days of purchasing – you can leave them on the counter. If you don’t eat them right away, wrap in a dry paper towel and store in the refrigerator.
Garlic – Store in a cool dry place
Greens – Take off any bands or ties, wash well in a sink filled cold water. Wrap loosely in a paper towel.
Lettuce – Keep damp in an airtight container.
Onion – Keep dry and store in a cool dark place
Peppers (Bell, sweet & hot) – Keep in the vegetable crisper for about a week
Potatoes – Like the onion, store in a cool dark place. I store mine in a bag at the bottom of my pantry
Radish – Remove the greens. Can store in the refrigerator or in moist sand in a cool dark place.
Spinach – Store in an open container and use as soon as possible. Spinach loves it cold.
Summer squash – Leave on a cool counter for a few days. Can also keep in the refrigerator for about 7 – 10 days.
Sweet Potatoes – Store in a dry, cool, dark place
Tomatoes – Don’t refrigerate! They can stay on the counter for up to 2 weeks.
Winter Squash – Store in a cool, dark place. They will keep for a few weeks.
One of the first things you want to do when you get home from the Farmer’s Market or grocery store is to take off any rubber bands or bindings around your vegetables. You want your vegetables to have room for air to circulate.
Now that you know how to store fresh vegetables, you won’t have to worry about wasting those delicious and expensive vegetables! Print out the chart below and hang on your refrigerator or put it in a homemaking binder for future reference.
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