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Fruit and Veggie Life Extender Liner for Refrigerator Drawers, Extends the Life of your Produce, Qty 12Yes, you can preserve your produce by freezing it, canning it, cooking it, pickling it, or even by dehydration. But sometimes, you just want to keep it around to use for a few days, weeks, or even months. Let’s talk about the best way to store fruits & vegetables, what you should do to store them, and where, in order to make sure they last in order to stay fresh as long as possible.
People used to have root cellars. One of the reasons they got that name is because root vegetables store well in cool, dark spaces. If you have a cool pantry, or even better a dark, dry basement, you can store things like potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, onions and the like. Apples also store very well – as do cabbages.
Mostly leafy vegetables do best in the fridge.
Bring them home, wash them, dry completely. Wrap them in a paper towel and store them in a plastic bag in the fridge.
* If you don’t have a dry, dark place for your cabbage and apples, they can also be stored in the fridge.
What you store next to each other also makes a big difference, especially in a close space.
Remember the old trick of sticking an apple or banana in a brown paper bag with some unripe fruit? The same thing happens if you keep all your fruit in a bowl on the counter, or in a bag. Most fruit and things like tomatoes do better out of their container, spread out on the kitchen counter.
An important tip is to never store your onions and potatoes together.
While they both benefit from dry, cool, and dark spaces with plenty of air flow, the onions give off a gas that makes potatoes sprout and rot much faster than if they are stored away from onions.
2 Tier Rustic Torched Wood Fruit Produce Storage Rack, Wall Mountable Display BinsWhile most produce will stay fresh and tasty the longest when stored in the fridge, there are some foods that should not be refrigerated. They include:
These fruits (yes, tomatoes and avocados are technically fruits) tend to become mealy when they are stored at too low of a temperature. Keep them on the counter instead.
By paying attention to the best way to store fruits & vegetables and where they like to be stored, you can not only extend how long it will keep without any major efforts to preserve the food, it also preserves the flavor. And that’s really the point, isn’t it? To keep food fresh, flavorful, and packed with nutrients until you’re ready to cook and eat them?