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Storage Guidelines for your fruits & veggies

Please note that these are guidelines, not rules. All fresh vegetables should be eaten as quickly as possible for best nutrition and flavor. You’ll note the use of plastic bags, it’s a good chance to re-use old, clean ones.

Beans

Store in a loose bag in the refrigerator, one week +.

Beets

Remove the tops to maintain moisture in beets. If the leaves stay on, the beets respire.  Leaves should be used within 3 days, roots will last for three weeks.

Bok Choy

Store in a loose plastic bag in the fridge up to one week.

Broccoli

Store in a loose plastic bag in the fridge up to one week.

Brussels Sprouts

Store in a loose bag in the fridge up to one week.

Cabbage

Store in a loose bag in the fridge, may last a few to several weeks. Peel off outer leaves to maintain longer storage.

Carrots

Store in a plastic bag in the fridge. Put a few holes in the bag for long term storage to increase air circulation.

Corn

Eat as soon as possible, or freeze. Sugars in corn turn to starch quickly.

Cucumber

Store in a loose bag or in crisper in fridge up to one week.

Eggplant

Store in a loose bag or in crisper in fridge, use as soon as possible for maximum texture, but storable up to one week.

Fennel

Store in a loose bag in the fridge, may last up to a few weeks.

Fresh Herbs

Store in a loose bag in the fridge, remove rubber band to increase air flow. Soft-leaved herbs (basil, cilantro) should not be washed until ready to use. Use or dry within one week.

Kale

Wash, trim stems, and pat dry (leaves whole) for quick use. Store in a closed plastic bag in the fridge. One week +.  You can also dehydrate kale and use it in soups later (like dried herbs).

Leeks

Store in a loose bag in the fridge, may last a few to several weeks. Peel off outer leaves to maintain longer storage. Leeks are great keepers.

Lettuce

Lettuce may be washed and gently spun dry, then kept in the fridge for quick access, but keep leaves whole until ready for use to minimize browning. Washed and spun dry, loose, 3-5 days. Whole head, unwashed, one week +. Softer lettuce will not last as long as Romaine types.

Melons

Leave out on counter until ready to use. Most melons ripen off the vine.

Onions

Fresh: Store loose in bag or in crisper in fridge, may last several weeks. Dry: Keep in a dry dark place to prevent molding and sprouting. May last up to several months with proper storage.  Sort frequently and use those with blemishes first.

Green Onion

Remove rubber band and store in the fridge, loose in a bag until ready, up to one week.

Parsley

Store in a loose bag in the fridge. Gently pat dry if needed for longer storage.  May also be hung out of direct light and left to dry.

Parsnip

Store in a plastic bag in the fridge. Put a few holes in the bag for air flow.  Store like you would carrots.

Peas

Do not wash until ready to use. Store in a loose bag in the fridge up to one week.

Peppers

Do not wash until ready to use. Store in loose bag in the fridge up to one week.

Radicchio

Do not wash until ready to use. Store in loose bag in the fridge, peel off leaves as needed. One week +.

Radishes

Remove tops to maintain moisture in radishes, loose bag in the fridge, use within a week.

Rutabaga

Store in a plastic bag in the fridge. Put a few holes in the bag for long term storage to increase air flow.

Salad Greens

See Lettuces. 3-5 days.

Spinach

May be washed and gently spun dry, then in a closed bag in the fridge for quick use, but we recommend leaving leaves whole until ready for use. 3-5 days.

Summer Squash

Store in a loose bag in the fridge, one week.

Winter Squash

Store in a dark dry place to prevent molding and over ripening.  May store through December or longer. Sort frequently and used blemished ones first.

Swiss Chard

Store in a closed bag in fridge. Remove twist tie to increase air flow. May be washed and gently spun dry for quick use. One week.

Tomatoes

Never put tomatoes in the fridge – it ruins flavor and texture. Just put them on the counter resting on their shoulders. If you put them near apples, it speeds up their ripening.

We hope you find this useful, this can be printed and put on the fridge to serve as a reminder. We certainly want you to get the most out of this service.