Learn How to Store Fresh Vegetables So They Last Longer when you are buying your produce so your veggies stay fresher long and you don’t have to throw things out before getting to enjoy them.
How to Store Vegetables
We buy and eat a lot of produce in our house. We get a box from Misfit Market (they ship fresh produce to your door and if you use coupon code COOKWME-TF8KKF you will get 25% off your first delivery) every week, we have a garden and I buy veggies at the grocery store.
With all the produce we eat on a normal basis having to go to the store all the time would be a real time suck, so I stock up when I am at the store for anything we will need for the week when I go. I also grab veggies when I find them on sale because we eat so much of it and I love being able to save money on produce.
The struggle at times with stocking up on produce is that it can go bad quickly if it is not stored properly. Storing vegetables properly will keep them from going bad faster then they should. Storing fresh veggies won’t make them never go bad, as all produce has a shelf life, but storing them properly will give you the best tasting produce and longer lasting after you buy it. I am going to help you know how to store vegetables so they last longer!
Once you know how to Store fresh vegetables in the proper places you will have a lot less vegetable spoilage happening before you can eat and enjoy them. Knowing how to store fresh veggies will also save you money because you are not throwing them away because they went bad.
Tips for Storing Fresh Vegetables
Store how you buy.
When you walk through the grocery store you notice things are placed in refrigerated or non refrigerated areas. If a product is stored in a refrigerated place in the produce section of the store then you want to store it that way at home too same for the non refrigerated items, you want them to be stored in your home the same way.
You also do not want to wash your produce before you put it away, dampness will cause mold and make things go bad faster so save the washing until right before you use them.
Store as soon as you get home.
When you are putting your groceries away, but the produce in the proper storage spots as soon as you get home. Letting them sit in the grocery bags for long periods of time
How to Store Leafy green vegetables
Anytime you are storing leafy greens the best way to keep them fresh is to wash them, then wrap them in a paper towel or a cloth towel while being in a sealed plastic bag or container. This should be done with the following leafy green vegetables:
- bok choy
- swiss chard
Vegetables to store in a crisper drawer
When you are storing vegetables in the crisper drawer it is best to store them in plastic bags or containers and then place them in the crisper drawer. You also do not want to put fruits and veggies in the same crisper drawer as that will make them ripen and go bad faster. When storing vegetables in the crisper drawer you want to set it to the high humidity setting.
- fresh herbs
- green beans
- Yellow Squash
Vegetables to store in the fridge
Not all vegetables store will in the crisper drawer so you will want to make sure you are storing the following vegetables in the main part of the fridge.
- Asparagus. Store with damp paper towel around the bottoms.
- Broccoli (best kept away from other produce)
- Brussel sprouts
- Cauliflower (Best kept away from other produce)
- Mushrooms (best in a brown paper bag)
Fresh Vegetables to store on the counter
- Cucumbers (can also be stored in the fridge for a few days if used soon after)
- Eggplant (can also be stored in the fridge for a few days if used soon after)
Fresh Vegetables to store in the pantry
When you are storing vegetables in the pantry you want to store them at cool temperatures and in open containers like a basket or a box with the lid open. You do not want to store these vegetables in plastic bags. You also want the area you are storing them in to be a dry area, moisture will make these vegetables go bad quicker.
- sweet potatoes
- Hard Squash