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Storing Produce: How to Keep Fruits & Vegetables Garden Fresh

How to Store Your Produce

With CSA’s (community supported agriculture) and farmers’ markets hitting full swing, now is a good time for a little refresher on the proper ways to store all that fresh produce to keep it from spoiling.

These five infographics cover the basics of storing fresh fruit and vegetables. If you’ve got better tips and tricks for keeping produce fresh, please leave a comment and we can keep this handy produce storage guide up-to-date!

 

Fruits & Veggies to Keep Cold

Fruits & Veggies to Keep Cold

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Certain fruit and vegetables (mostly vegetables) prefer cool, dark places… This isn’t necessarily the fridge, but somewhere out of the sun and cooler than your average kitchen. 

Store in the Fridge Store in a Cool, Dark Pantry
Asparagus (in water, like flowers) Shallots
Broccoli Beets
Cauliflower Eggplant
Bell peppers Garlic
Brussels sprouts Potatoes
Cabbage Ginger
Carrots Leeks
Kale Peas (in the pod)
Mushrooms  
Spinach  
Radishes (trim tops before refrigerating)  

 

Fruits & Veggies to Keep On the Counter

Fruits & Veggies to Store on the Counter

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A lot of fresh produce is best kept out at room temperature, unwashed until right before use. In most cases, however, fruit will need to either be used or moved into the fridge once it ripens.

Store on Counter Until Ripe Store on Counter Until Eaten
Grapefruit Cucumbers
Grapes Avocados
Kiwi Onions (once cut, they go in the fridge)
Limes Bananas
Lemons Corn (in husk)
Mango Garlic
Oranges Squash
Peaches Green beans
Pears Tomatoes (let them breath)
Pineapple Yams
Cherries  
Apricots  
Watermelon  
Apples  

 

Fresh Herbs Like It Cool and Humid

Storing Fresh Herbs: Keep it Cool & Humid

Treat leafy herbs like freshly cut flowers. You don’t need to worry about arrangement, but trim the ends and put them in a glass of water. Store them in the fridge, covered with a plastic baggie to trap that moisture.

  • Storing fresh herbs in water and covered with a baggie.Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Tarragon
  • Chives

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Storing Produce: Humidity Cheat Sheet

Produce Storage Humidity Cheat Sheet Chart

When you store produce in the fridge, separate fruit and vegetables into different drawers and set the humidity control appropriately.

  • Fruit = Low Humidity
  • Veggies = High Humidity 

 

5 “Good to Know” Produce Tips

  1. Wash your fresh produce right before you use it, not before you store it.
  2. Don’t store fruit and veggies together. Fruits that give off high levels of ethylene (the ripening agent) can prematurely ripen and spoil surrounding vegetables.
  3. Don’t cram vegetables together—the closer they are, the faster they will rot. Let them breath!
  4. Onions and potatoes—both don’t require refrigeration, but they shouldn’t be stored together. The onion will make your potatoes sprout.
  5. If you buy fresh herbs with the roots still attached (like from a farmers’ market), leave the bunch of herbs on the countertop in a glass filled with water.

 

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