We love this red-pinkish root crop for a juicy tangy taste, crisp flesh, a lot of vitamins and nutrients. Radish often serves as a reminder of the beginning of summer and warm days. But not everyone knows that you can eat your favorite root vegetable in the cold season. I will introduce you to all the features of storing radish.
Nuances of storing root vegetables
The shelf life of radish directly depends on the variety. Early early ripening varieties do not differ in their keeping quality and “live” no more than a week, while autumn varieties, under properly created storage conditions, can last until early spring.
Since radishes are unpretentious vegetables, you can store them in several ways.At room temperature - the vegetable does not fade for several days, so if you plan to use it in the near future, then you should hardly worry about the freshness.
- In a refrigerator - Radish lasts longer: from a week to 4, depending on the method of storage.
- Cellar - an ideal place for winter "laying" vegetable. Properly organized storage and well-chosen variety will allow to eat root vegetables for several months.
In a refrigerator
Store radishes in the refrigerator in two ways:
- dry storage;
- "Wet" storage.
At the same time, it is not necessary to freeze the vegetable, but it is better to give preference to a special box for vegetables: there is optimum humidity and temperature.
Is it possible to freeze the radish for the winter? Since the root vegetable is known for its ability to absorb and release moisture, after freezing the radish is not only lose its shape and elasticity, and lose all the water and will look like floating in the melted slush spine.
The instruction below contains a detailed description of how to keep radishes fresh in the refrigerator:
Method 1: in package
This option will keep the turnips elastic and juicy for 10 days:
Method 2: in a jar of water
This option allows the radish to lie fresh for up to one to two months, but at the same time it rapidly loses its usefulness:
Method 3: with tops
Method 4: Dried Radish
You can prepare a dish not only from fresh, but also from dried vegetables:
Damaged root crops (with cracks, bites, signs of decay, etc.) are stored much less, so they should be removed from the total mass before laying.
In the cellar
How to save radish for the winter? Of course in the cellar, but it is important to choose the right grade. Such fruits lie quietly until February: the ideal humidity and temperature in the cellar.
The method of storing radishes in the cellar is one: in special boxes using sand or sawdust. The box fits both plastic and wooden (you can make it yourself).
- Harvest is harvested from tops (do not forget to leave small “tails”, as in the photo below);
- Radish should not be washed, you can only shake or rub;
- slightly damp sand or sawdust is piled on the bottom of the box;
- laid out a layer of root crops;
- a layer of sawdust or sand (distributed in such a way that the turnips are completely covered);
- again a layer of radish, etc .;
- the last layer should be sandy (from sawdust).
During storage, it is necessary to periodically maintain the humidity of the sand, remove rotting vegetables, then turnips will lie as long as possible.
You can eat crispy radish or dishes with it in winter, autumn and even in early spring. To do this, you just need to fulfill the storage conditions and choose the right grade. The price of effort with seasonal preparation: winter treats and the surprise of your guests to a fresh vegetable on the table, and this is worth a lot.
The video in this article demonstrates the features of storing radish to preserve freshness as long as possible. If you have any questions, ask them in the comments.