Tip Time: Storing Your Fruits and Vegetables

storageIt seems an easy thing to do, putting your fruits and vegetables away when you get home from the supermarket. Actually, when you learn more about it, you may be surprised. Each fruit and vegetable requires the proper storage method in order to stay its freshest. So instead of tossing all the fruit into a bowl on the counter and putting the veggies in the crisper, it’s important to learn how to store your fruits and vegetables properly.

Apples

When storing apples, it’s best to do so in a crisper in the fridge. Apples will stay fresh and crisp in the cool, dark crisper for a couple of weeks easily.

Asparagus

Fill a tall container with water and place the asparagus loosely inside. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Avocadoes

To ripen your avocadoes if they’re still a bit firm, place them in a paper bag with the top folded down, at room temperature. Place an apple in the bag with them to speed up the ripening process even more. Once they are ripe and have a bit of give in your hand, leave them in a fruit bowl on your counter. For cut avocadoes, store in the refrigerator.

Bananas

Storing bananas in the fridge will make them overripen in just a couple of days. Bananas should be kept in a fruit bowl on your counter, so they’re kept at room temperature and should last for a couple of weeks before turning completely brown. Separate the bananas from each other at the stem and don’t forget to wash them.

Bell Peppers

Bell peppers, along with most other types of peppers, should be stored in the refrigerator.

Berries

Berries like strawberries and blueberries should be refrigerated. Berries aren’t good with moisture, so you can place a piece of paper towel under your berries in their containers, or keep them in a paper bag in the fridge.

Broccoli

Broccoli stores best in the refrigerator.

Carrots

Store carrots in the crisper in your fridge to keep them crisp and fresh for weeks.

Cauliflower

The best way to store cauliflower is in the refrigerator, where it should stay good for a couple weeks.

Celery

To keep your celery crisp and delicious, store it in a container of water in the refrigerator.

Cucumber

Always store your cucumbers in the refrigerator. To keep them from going soft and slimy, wrap each in a paper towel before putting in the fridge.

Eggplant

Place your eggplant in the refrigerator to keep it good for up to 5 days to prevent it from turning bitter in just a couple of days.

Garlic

The best way to store garlic is in a cool, dry area, such as on your counter in a basket or bowl. Ensure it has plenty of circulation. Refrigeration adds moisture, which will cause your garlic to deteriorate and turn moldy.

Lettuce

To make your leafy green lettuce (which is the kind you should be buying) last longer, take it out of the bag when you get home, wrap some paper towel around it and put it back in the bag.

Onion

Onion can be stored with your garlic, on the counter where there’s good air circulation and it’s kept at room temperature. Here onions can last up to a month. Cut portions should be wrapped up and stored in the refrigerator, where it should be good for about a week.

Peaches

Peaches will last in the refrigerator for about a week. If they aren’t quite ripe when you get them home, keep them out at room temperature for a couple of days first.

Pears

Pears are stored the same way as peaches; ripen at room temperature, after that keep them in the fridge.

Spinach

Spinach is delicious in many different meals, but not if it’s wilted or slimy. Store spinach in the refrigerator, wrapped tightly inside a plastic vegetable bag, with as little air left inside the bag as possible to prevent spoilage.

Sweet Potatoes

As with white and other types of potatoes, sweet potatoes do best when stored in a cool, dark place, so keep them in your cupboard until cooking time.

Tomatoes

Keep tomatoes out on the counter, where they should stay fresh and tasty for about a week.

Zucchini

To keep your precious zucchinis nice and firm, keep them in the refrigerator crisper, where they should stay good for about a week.

These are just 20 of the many fruits and veggies out there. It can seem like a lot of effort to store each separate fruit and veggie properly, but it really takes no time at all and is more than worth it.

As you get used to it, it will become like second nature after future grocery trips. Plus, you’ll be extra happy because you won’t be dealing with fruit flies when you store your produce properly, and you’ll get to enjoy it longer, without having so much go to waste.

After all, that’s the best thing about these storage methods, besides keeping your yummy fruits and veggies fresh longer, is that you’re not wasting as much as you probably were before. That means less waste and that is always a wonderful thing.

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