If you love to take advantage of all of the great fresh veggies in the summer, be sure to check out these 10 tips for keeping vegetables fresher longer! Whether you grow your own, or you shop at the farmer’s market or your local store, keep your vegetables fresh as long as possible with these tips.
Preferred storage method and shelf life of vegetables can vary greatly, but by using these generic storage tips, all of your vegetables will stay fresher a little longer.
- Before storing any vegetables, trim any leafy ends.
- Remove any ties or rubber bands used in storing the vegetables at the store or farmers market before storing.
- When storing vegetables in the refridgerator, do not pack them in. Leave plenty of room around them. The closer they are the faster they will spoil.
- Vegetables that are stored outside of the refrigerator should be kept out of direct sunlight. Most keep the longest in dry, cool places.
- Leafy greens can be washed before storing in the fridge.
- Most other vegetables, should not be washed before storing.
- Do not store vegetables in the same drawer in the refridgerator as fruits.
- If you store vegetables in pastic bags in the refridgerator, make sure the bag has plenty of holes to allow for air circulation.
- Do not store potatoes and onions together. Two separate paper bags work best.
- No matter how well you store your fresh vegetables, eat them as soon as possible to ensure the best quality and taste.
For those of you with your own garden, you can pick more at a time and keep them longer with these great tips. For those of you who visit the farmer market, buy enough to last you the whole week or more.
However you get your vegetables, use these tips when storing them to keep them as fresh as possible as long as possible!