The storing of fruits and vegetables is important in keeping the integrity of the food item for prolonged periods of time. As a money and time saver, here is a guide on how to properly store food. Key things to remember is the fridge temperature should be at 40 degrees F or below and when refrigerating produce make sure they are cut and peeled. Listed below is the best location to store the specified fruit and vegetable.
[ On the counter ] tomatoes banana persimmons pomegranate avocados oranges peaches lemons limes grapefruit plums nectarines
[ In the pantry (a place that is cool and dark) ] squash watermelon oatmeal onion shallots sweet potatoes rice beans
[ In the Fridge ] eggplant summer squash asparagus beans peas mushrooms cucumbers & zucchine peppers broccoli corn carrots cauliflower lettuce beets radishes artichokes
Not only is the storage of fruits and vegetables important but also knowing the length of time in which the food item is safe to consume. Below is a list on the length of time foods should be stored.
[ 3-5 Days ] Apricots Cilantro Onions, cut Asparagus Cucumber Peas Avocados Escarole Peaches Bananas Herbs Pineapple Basil Kale Plums Berries Mango Radicchio Bok Choy Melons Spinach Chard Nectarines Tomatoes Chives Okra
[ 1 Weeks ] Artichokes Citrus fruit Jicama Pears Arugula Corn, sweet Leeks Potatoes, baby Bell peppers Eggplant Lettuce Radishes Broccoli Endive Kiwi Scallions Brussels sprouts Fennel Mint Summer squash Cabbage Grapes Mixed greens Winter squash, cut Cauliflower Green beans Mushrooms Zucchini Cherries
[ 2+ Weeks ] Apples Parsnips Beets Potatoes, large Carrots Rosemary Celery Sweet potatoes Garlic Thymes Ginger Turnips Lemons Winter Squash Limes Onions, whole
[ Tips ] * Separate potatoes and onions and store them in a cool, dark, dry place * Basil can last 1 week longer if you trim the stems and put them in a jar with 2 inches of water. * Ginger in an air-tight ziplock bag can last longer * Spread out herbs on a platter to avoid mold * Citrus lasts about 2 weeks in the fridge. * Ripen avocados on the counter, then stick them in the fridge to have them last longer