Vegetable are an important part of a healthy diet and the most popular way to include them in your diet is to simply eat them raw. But the problem with vegetables is they don’t keep fresh as long as their counterparts, fruit. That’s why there are so many tips out there on how to make them last longer. We’ll be going over some of the best ways to do just that so you can take advantage of all the benefits that vegetables have to offer!
How to keep vegetables fresh
It’s no secret that fresh vegetables are the key to a healthy diet. But what’s the best way to keep them fresh? Here are a few tips:
1. Store vegetables in a cool, dark place. A fridge is ideal, but if you don’t have one, a cool pantry or cellar will do.
2. Wrap leafy greens in damp paper towels before putting them in the fridge. This will help them stay fresh for up to a week.
3. Root vegetables like potatoes and carrots can be stored in a plastic bag in the fridge. Just make sure to poke a few holes in the bag so they don’t rot.
4. Most veggies will last longer if you store them in their original packaging from the grocery store. Just be sure to check the expiration date!
5. If you’re not going to use your veggies right away, you can blanch them (boil them for a minute or two) and then freeze them. This way, they’ll be ready to use in soups, stews, and other recipes down the road.
Tips for storing vegetables
If you’re like most people, you probably go to the grocery store once a week and stock up on all the fresh fruits and vegetables you’ll need for the next seven days. But by the end of the week, much of that produce has gone bad. Here are some tips for storing your fruits and vegetables so they’ll stay fresh longer.
1. Store fruits and vegetables separately. Fruits give off ethylene gas, which can hasten the ripening of vegetables. So it’s best to store them in different parts of the fridge.
2. Don’t wash your produce until you’re ready to eat it. Moisture speeds up the decomposition process.
3. Some vegetables do better stored in a cool, dark place, like a root cellar. These include potatoes, onions, garlic, winter squash, and pumpkins.
4. Leafy greens like lettuce and spinach should be stored in a moisture-proof container, with a paper towel or piece of cheesecloth to absorb excess moisture.
5. If you have ripe fruit that you’re not ready to eat yet, store it in the refrigerator. Ripe fruit continues to ripen at a slower rate when refrigerated.
What vegetables should be stored?
There are a few vegetables that should be stored in the fridge, such as broccoli, asparagus, and Brussels sprouts. These vegetables will last longer when they are kept in the fridge. Other vegetables, such as tomatoes, should not be stored in the fridge because they will lose their flavor.
What to avoid storing?
There are a few vegetables that you should avoid storing together because they give off ethylene gas. This gas speeds up the ripening process, so if you store them together, they’ll all go bad at the same time. Those vegetables are: apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, cantaloupes, honeydews, nectarines, oranges, papayas, pears, plums and tomatoes. So if you want your other vegetables to last longer, store them in a separate area from these ethylene-producing fruits and vegetables.
There you have it! By following these simple tips, you can keep your vegetables fresh for up to two weeks. Remember to wash them thoroughly before storing, and be sure to check on them regularly so that they don’t go bad. With a little bit of effort, you can enjoy fresh veggies all month long!