Each fruit and vegetable has their own set of rules for prime storage. Wash, don’t wash, refrigerate, keep at room temperature, trim… it’s enough to make your head spin! Never fear, Shrinking Kitchen is here! We’ll help you keep it straight!
Asparagus: Trim the bottoms of spears. Submerge ends in water and refrigerate.
Beets: Do not wash. Trim stems to about 2 inches. Store in plastic bag, squeezing out as much air as possible. Refrigerate.
Broccoli: Store in perforated plastic bag, refrigerate.
Cabbage: Store in perforated plastic bag, refrigerate.
Carrots: Remove tops and Store in perforated plastic bag, refrigerate.
Cauliflower: Store in open or perforated plastic bag, stem-side up in refrigerator.
Celery: Keep in plastic, refrigerate.
Green Beans: Store in plastic bag, refrigerate.
Lettuce: Store in plastic bag in the crisper drawer. Keep away from gas-emitting fruits.
Mushrooms: Once package is opened, transfer mushrooms to paper bag and refrigerate.
Onions: Uncut – store in cool, dry place with good air circulation. Cut- wrap in plastic and refrigerate.
Peas– Store in plastic bag, refrigerate.
Peppers– Store in plastic bag, refrigerate.
Potatoes– Keep in a cool, dark, dry place.
Squash: Store in plastic bag, refrigerate.
Tomatoes: Store at room temperature until cut or cooked or used in a dish, then refrigerate. Once ripe, tomatoes should be refrigerated.
Apples: Do not wash before storing. Store in plastic bag in fridge, but be careful not to place near veggies… apples give off ethylene gas, which will cause other produce to ripen faster.
Cherries: Refrigerate right away in a shallow container, allowing air to circulate. Wash just before using.
Grapes: Do not wash before storing and get rid of spoiled grapes right away. Refrigerate grapes in plastic bag.
Oranges: Room temp if fruit will be eaten within the week, if not, refrigerate in crisper.
Pears– Refrigerate once ripe, do not wash until ready to use.
Strawberries– Remove any bruised, spoiled berries. Refrigerate immediately. Place in a single layer in a moisture-proof container. Wash just before eating.
Watermelon: Store at room temperature. Once cut, cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
Other handy tips:
- To ripen fruits such as bananas, mangoes, and peaches, place in a paper bag at room temperature.
- Wilted greens can often be revived by placing them in a dish, filling it with cold water, and refrigerating overnight.
- Berries and cherries have a very short lifespan. Eat them up quickly or freeze them!
- Always make sure you remove any spoiled produce right away!
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