Proper storage of vegetables and fruit can not only prolong their usefulness but it can save the flavor. We spend way too much on our fresh produce to them go to waste. These charts will save you money.

 

 

Storing Fresh Produce for Best Flavor

Store in the refrigerator

Fruit

Vegetables

Apples (more than 7 days)ArtichokesCauliflowerPeas
ApricotsAsparagusCelery
Asian PearsGreen beansCut Vegetables
BerriesBeetsGreen Onions
CherriesBelgian EndiveHerbs (not Basil)
Cut FruitBroccoliLeafy Vegetables
FigsBrussels SproutsLeeks
GrapesCabbageLettuce
CarrotsMushrooms
  1. Place fruits and vegetables in separate, perforated plastic bags
  2. Use within 1-3 days for maximum flavor and freshness.
  3. Store each group in different produce drawers in the refrigerator to minimize the detrimental effects of ethylene produced by fruits on your other produce.

Ripen on the counter first, then refrigerate

Avocados
Kiwi
Nectarines
Peaches
Pears
Plums
Plumcots
  1. To prevent moisture loss, store fruits and vegetables separately in a paper bag, perforated plastic bag, or ripening bowl on the counter away from sunlight. Ripening fruit in a bowl or paper bag can be enhanced by placing an apple with the fruit to be ripened.
  2. After ripening, store in refrigerator and use within 1-3 days. 

Store only at room temperature

Fruit

Vegetables

Apples (fewer than 7 days)PlantainsBasil (in water)Potatoes
BananasPomegranatesCucumberPumpkins
Citrus FruitsEggplantSweet Potatoes
MangoesGarlic
MelonsGinger
PapayasJimaca
PersimmonsOnions
PinapplePeppers
  1. Some produce should only be stored at room temperatures. Refrigeration can cause cold damage or prevent them from ripening to a good flavor and texture. For example, pink tomatoes ripen to a better taste and red color if they are left at room temperature. In the refrigerator, they do not turn red and even red tomatoes kept in the refrigerator lose their flavor.
  2. Keep away from direct sunlight.

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