PROPERLY STORING FRESH PRODUCE

July 03, 2018
Categories: Eat

Have you ever been over at friend’s house and noticed how they store something in their kitchen and thought to yourself, “hmm...that’s not how I do it - I wonder who is right?!”

We’ve all been there. You buy your produce fresh from the grocery store, bring it home, and then have to make the ever-important decision of where and how to store it all. Different types of produce prefer different environments, and many people store at least some of their produce in the wrong location. Today we’re going to dive into the topic of where and how you should be storing your produce so you can ensure you’re doing it right.

And then? The next time you’re in your friend’s kitchen and you see them storing something differently than you do, you won’t have to question whose way is the best. You’ll know you’re right!

WHERE TO STORE FRESH PRODUCE

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IN THE PANTRY: These fruits and vegetables like a cool and dark environment. The coldness of the refrigerator could make them spoil more quickly, and can affect flavor. They like a dry environment and moisture should be considered the enemy here! Be sure to store fruits and vegetables separately to prolong freshness, and to store your produce in a box lined with newspapers or paper towels to help absorb any moisture.  

  • Garlic

  • Potatoes

  • Watermelon (note: this only applies until it’s been cut! Afterwards, it belongs in the fridge)

  • Yams

  • Spaghetti squash

ON THE COUNTER: These are the fruits and vegetables that you should store on your counter until ripe. Once they’ve fully ripened, you can move them to the refrigerator to slow down the ripening process, but most will still taste best at room temperature, so you’ll want to take them out prior to eating.

  • Avocadoes

  • Bananas

  • Pears

  • Pineapples

  • Peaches

  • Citrus Fruits (like lemons, limes, and oranges)

  • Tomatoes

IN THE FRIDGE: Finally, the majority of produce does best when it’s stored in the cool environment of the refrigerator. Your produce will last longer when it’s stored in something rather than just tossed into the fridge. You can purchase vegetable storage bags for this, or just use plastic bags or containers. Just like with other categories, you’ll want to be sure to store fruits and vegetables separately from one another.

  • Asparagus

  • Kiwi

  • Bell peppers

  • Mushrooms

  • Zucchinis

  • Cucumbers

  • Broccoli

  • Corn

  • Cabbages

  • Lettuce

  • Carrots

  • Apples (can also be stored in the pantry, if preferred)

  • Brussels sprouts

  • Beets

  • Berries

Storing your produce in the wrong location can not only affect how long it lasts, it can drastically affect the flavor of your produce as well. If you want to ensure you have the freshest, most flavorful produce, be sure you’re storing your fruits and veggies not only in the right location, but also with the right conditions (in separate containers when necessary, separate fruits and vegetables, etc.). Doing this will make a huge difference in your kitchen, and you may even notice a positive impact on your grocery bill, thank to less spoiled produce!

Was there anything on this list that surprised you? Are you storing anything improperly?


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