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Storing your fruits and vegetables correctly is the key if you want to keep them juicy and fresh for longer. Some of them like to keep it cool in the refrigerator, others are best stored at room temperature on the countertop, and some like to get freezed in time in the freezer. Confused? Fortunately, we know the rules and we’re about to tell you all the secret tips on how to make your produce last as long as possible.
Most fruits and vegetables can be stored in the fridge. A crisper drawer helps protect your produce and keep it fresh and moisturized for longer.
Veggies you should keep in your fridge: carrots, cauliflower, leafy greens like lettuce, asparagus (wrapped with a moist paper towel), broccoli, leeks, peas, and herbs
Some fruits and veggies don’t like to be in a spotlight and keep their freshness longer in a cool and dark place. Your pantry is the perfect home for these.
Fruits you should keep in your pantry: tomatoes, lemons, and limes
Veggies you should keep in your pantry: potatoes, mushrooms, eggplant, beans, garlic, onions
For many fruits and vegetables, room temperature location, like your countertop, is just a temporary stop. The golden rule of prolonging the freshness of your produce after it’s ripened is to move it to the fridge. Or eat it just before it happens.
Fruits you should keep in room temperature: bananas, mango, plums, peaches, pears, pineapple (best stored upside down to spread the sweetness around), peaches, melon, nectarines
Veggies you should keep in room temperature: pumpkin, squash, cucumber
Freezing your fresh produce at home is a fast and easy way to enjoy its fresh taste all year long. Fruits can be stored as a whole, like berries, or cut into pieces and put into a plastic bag. Even though most vegetables are suitable for freezing, it’s not recommended for eggplant, lettuce, potatoes (other than mashed), artichokes, and sprouts.
Special Tip: When you prepare your fruits or veggies for freezing, organize them into exact portions, and place each portion into a small container or plastic bag. This way you can take out only as much you need and don’t need to refreeze it again.