What's The Best Way To Store Fruits and Veggies To Preserve Freshness?
Although room temperature is one of the best ways to store fruit and vegetables in the short-term, due to our busy lives it is often difficult for us to preserve them without using a refrigeration source. Read these pro tips on storing the most popular produce so you can enjoy them when you want to while preventing spoilage.
Bananas - To extend freshness, separate bananas after purchasing and store in a well-ventilated basket.
Apples - Away from heat, these will keep for about two weeks. For longer storage, place in a cardboard box and refrigerate.
Grapes - Store in the fridge, but only wash when ready to use to avoid mushiness.
Peaches - Only refrigerate when fully ripe.
Pears - A cool environment or brown paper bag is best. Pears will keep for a few weeks on the counter.
Watermelon - Let ripen at room temperature for 7-10 days. After that, sliced watermelon can be stored in the fridge for several days.
Pineapples - Can be stored whole in the fridge (cut off the top) or sliced and put in an airtight container (don’t use aluminum foil, as this will alter the flavor).
Strawberries - Keep away from damp, wet places. Refrigerated strawberries placed in a brown paper bag will keep for a week if the bag is kept dry.
Oranges - Oranges lose juiciness when refrigerated. For freshest fruit, place in a ventilated basket and keep on the counter.
Cherries - Store in an airtight container and avoid washing until ready to eat. Keep cherries refrigerated.
Plums - Store at room temperature until they are ripe, and then keep them in the refrigerator in a plastic bag.
Blueberries - Store dry in a shallow plastic container in the refrigerator. Do not wash them until you are ready to eat them, because they will quickly mold if they are stored wet.
Tomatoes - Always keep at room temperature.
Cucumbers - If you need to keep these fresh for more than a day or two after buying, wrap in a moist towel and refrigerate.
Peppers - Store in a safe BPA-free plastic bag for 1-2 weeks in the fridge. If flash frozen, peppers will last up to 10 months.
Green Beans - These keep well with humidity (drape a damp cloth over them) but not wetness.
Carrots - Keep in a closed contained and wrapped in a damp towel or dip in cold water every few days. For lasting freshness, cut off the tops.
Squash - Will keep at room temperature for a few days if out of direct sunlight.
Peas - Place in an open container and refrigerate.
Onions - Keep in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place.
Broccoli - Store in the fridge: either wrapped in a damp towel or in an open container.
Corn - Best to leave these in the husk until ready to be eaten, but more flavorful if eaten sooner. Keep corn refrigerated.
Garlic - Keep away from humidity, dampness, or direct sunlight.
Celery - Wrap in foil and place in the fridge or keep in a bowl of shallow water on the counter.
Lettuce - Keep lettuce damp and refrigerated, preferably in an airtight container.
Mushroom - These are best stored in their original container. Uncooked leftovers should be covered with more plastic wrap before going back in the fridge.
Potatoes - Store in a dark and dry place or a brown paper bag.