How to store vegetables and greens

Contents
  • A few general principles of
  • Memo on the storage of vegetables
  • Memo on the storage of herbs and greenery

How much, where and how to store vegetables in an apartment depends on what temperature, humidity level and light needs any particular type. For example, cabbage and carrots should be stored in the refrigerator, and potatoes and onions should be stored in the drawer of the kitchen cabinet, some products should be stored in airtight containers, and some should be left in nets or paper bags.

In this article you will find useful tips, as well as a brief guide on storing large and weekly stocks of vegetables, herbs and greens.

A few general principles of

  • Keep vegetables separate from fruits. The fact is that apples, pears, bananas and apricots emit ethylene, a gas that accelerates the ripening and spoilage of nearby fruits and vegetables.
  • Store tomatoes, potatoes and peppers separately( including separately from each other). They also emit ethylene and strongly influence the taste and quality of other vegetables. For example, next to a tomato carrot and beetroot will become bitter, and potatoes next to pepper will quickly sprout.
  • Always cut the tops of root vegetables. Before you put carrots, beets, radishes, turnips and other root vegetables in a refrigerator, you need to cut them tops, leaving only a small 2.5 cm long tail to protect the vegetable from drying out. Also, before storing, root crops should be cleaned with a soft brush from the remnants of the earth.
  • Wash vegetables and herbs( except greens) only before use, and not beforehand. It is very convenient to wash all food at once before putting it in the fridge, but it turns out that it accelerates the deterioration of vegetable products. But greens can be washed before storage by soaking them in a sink with water.
  • Store vegetables in loose and perforated packages and containers. Ensure that the vegetable storage bag has openings to ensure good air flow. Fruits at the same time should be loose in the package, because the closer they are to each other, the faster they start to rot.

See also material: How to store fruit at home - general principles, a memo and photo ideas.

Vegetables Memo

Potato

Where and how to store potatoes: potatoes do not tolerate long-term storage in the refrigerator, as at low temperatures starch begins to turn into sugar. But the potato loves dark( in the light it becomes tasteless and even toxic), cool( + 5 ° C to + 7 ° C) and dry( no more than 85% humidity) places. Therefore, for the storage of large stocks are best suited cellars, pantries, insulated garages or balconies. Small stocks of potatoes can be stored in an apartment in a kitchen cupboard or, say, under a sink. Weekly supply of potatoes can live on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator. Before you send the tubers for storage, you need to sort them out, leaving only healthy and strong potatoes( winter stocks should be sorted out 2 more times during the winter).

Terms: 3 weeks in the apartment, and up to 5-6 months - in ideal conditions.


Cucumbers

Where and how to store cucumbers: in the refrigerator.

Terms: 5 days.

Tomatoes

Where and how to store tomatoes: at room temperature, for example, on a tabletop or in a closet. To keep tomatoes in the fridge is impossible - at temperatures below 10 degrees, they lose their flavor and become tasteless. If you need to keep tomatoes for more than three days, then you can put them on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator, and then restore the aroma and taste by holding the fruit at room temperature for about 1 day.

Timing: 3 days - the optimal shelf life for ripe tomatoes.

Tip: in order for unripe tomatoes to ripen, hold them in a paper bag at room temperature( see photo below).

Garlic

Where and how to store garlic: garlic can be stored in a cupboard or on a worktop, in a closet or cellar. The main thing is that air is freely circulating around it. Garlic cannot be stored in the refrigerator, since at low temperatures it quickly loses its flavor and taste.

Terms: 2 months.

Onion

Where and how to store onions: Onions can also be stored in a closet or on a worktop, in a closet or cellar. The main thing is that air is freely circulating around it.

It is best to store onions in mesh bags( in which it is often sold in the store) in order to get this very ventilation. If there is no net, then you can fold the bulbs into a bowl and, if you wish, cover them with a “breathable” cloth, but not a lid.

It is undesirable to store a whole onion in the refrigerator, but it is better to store the chopped onions there and not more than 4 days.

Terms: 2 months.

Cabbage( white and red-headed)

Where and how to store cabbage: in the refrigerator, on any shelf.

Terms: 2 weeks.

Brussels sprouts, Savoy and Peking cabbage, cauliflowers

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator.

Terms: 1 week.

Carrots

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator.

Terms: 2 weeks.

Sweet pepper

Where and how to store pepper: in the refrigerator, away from other vegetables.

Terms: 1 week( green pepper);5 days( red, yellow and orange peppers).

Chilli( fresh)

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator.

Terms: 2 weeks.

Note: dried chili peppers will be kept for 4 months in an airtight container.

Broccoli

Where and how to store broccoli: in the refrigerator, on any shelf.

Terms: 1 week.

Beet and its tops

Where and how to store beets: in the refrigerator. Before putting the tops in the refrigerator( by the way, very useful), you need to cut and fold a separate plastic bag.

Terms: 3 weeks, tops - 3 days.

Eggplants

Where and how to store eggplants: in the refrigerator.

Terms: 5 days.

Zucchini, zucchini and pumpkin

Where and how to store zucchini: in a refrigerator, cellar or other dry, dark and cool place.

Terms: 5 days.

Avocado

Where and how to store avocados: in the refrigerator.

Time: 3 days.

Tip: in order to ripen an unripe avocado, hold it at room temperature in a paper bag until soft.

Artichokes

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator.

Time: 1 week.

Ginger

Where and how to store ginger: in the refrigerator.

Terms: 3 weeks.

Tip: Ginger can be frozen for up to 6 months. If you want to grate ginger, you will not have to defrost it.

Mushrooms

Where and how to store mushrooms: in the refrigerator, preferably in a paper bag.

Time: 1 week.

Turnip

Where and how to store turnips: in the refrigerator.

Terms: 2 weeks.

Tip: Turnip leaves are very useful, so they are often used to make medicinal decoctions. Separate the tops from the root and store it separately in a plastic bag. Leaves will remain fresh for 3 days.

Radish

Where and how to store radishes: in the refrigerator.

Timing: ideally up to 3 days, but maybe 2 weeks.

Tip: remove the leaves from the root vegetables to prolong their freshness.

Asparagus

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator. Before storage, cut off the ends of the asparagus( see photo), then wrap it in a wet towel and fold it into a plastic bag.

Time: 3 days.

Leek

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator. Before storage, cut off and discard the dark green leek tips and leave the roots intact( see photo).

Time: 1 week.

Mustard

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator.

Time: 3 days.

Okra

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator, in a paper bag.

Time: 3 days.

Peas, English and chilli

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator, leaving in the pods until use.

Time: 4 days.

Rhubarb

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator.

Time: 1 week.

Tip: rhubarb leaves are not recommended to be eaten in large quantities, as they can be toxic.

Fruit

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator or in the closet.

Dates: 1 week - at room temperature, 2 weeks - at low temperature.

Memo on the storage of herbs and herbs

Greens( parsley and dill)

Where and how to store greens: in the refrigerator. Small bunches can be stored in cups of water as bouquets( see photo).

Terms: 5 days.

Shallot onions

Where and how to store shallots: can be stored in a closet or on a worktop, in a closet or cellar. The main thing is that air is freely circulating around it.

Terms: 1 month.

Spinach

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator.

Tip: regardless of how fresh the leaves look, follow the expiration date printed on the package, as bacteria can develop.

Lettuce salad

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator.

Terms: 5 days.

Tip: Even if the leaves look fresh, follow the expiration date printed on the package.

Watercress

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator.

Time: 4 days.

Celery

Since celery is porous, it is especially vulnerable to absorb odors from other foods.

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator.

Terms: 2 weeks.

Deciduous herbs( basil, cilantro, scallions, tarragon, parsley, mint)

Where and how to store herbs: in the refrigerator.

Term: 3 days( basil, cilantro, spring onions, tarragon);5 days( parsley, mint).

Tip: Wrap a bunch of greens in a damp paper towel before storing so that it stays fresh longer.

Herbs( Rosemary and Thyme)

Refrigerator: 2 weeks.

Arugula

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator.

Terms: 5 days.

Radicchio salad

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator.

Time: 4 days.

Fennel

Where and how to store herbs: in the refrigerator.

Terms: 5 days.

Finally, we offer ideas on storing vegetables in the apartment and other useful information in the next video.

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