Thursday, April 24, 2008

Best Way to Store Veggies?

After many frustrating years of produce not lasting as long as I'd like it to, I'm seeking your help.

What is the best way to store vegetables in the fridge?

The best method I've found so far is using plastic bags, but that really isn't all too great for the environment. Granted, I reuse the bags, but I'd rather not use plastic at all.

I'm sure some of you out there have some great tips. I'd love to hear them.



VeggieGirl said...

I store all of my produce in my refrigerator, in the crisper drawer (except for bananas, oranges, avocados, and tomatoes, which go on the counter or windowsill).

Elaine Vigneault said...

Check it out:
I love these things.
They help produce last twice as long as normal. And you can reuse them.

Happy Herbivore! said...

my produce keeps nicely in thr drawer.

I put my carrots in water in a container and change the water every other day

Anonymous said...

always buy organic or from a local farmers market as they are picked riped and not pumped with ethylene to artificially ripen like in the supermarket
speaking of ethylene, don't put fruit with veggies, as fruit tends to let off more ethylene and make the veggies go old too soon!
I usually store my veggies in the crisper, usually in paper bags as they tend to sweat less that way

pleasantly plump vegan said...

For a lot of my veggies, I just keep them on the counter tops, especially things I want to use and often forget about (they get moved around and hide behind things in the fridge) such as bell peppers, broccoli, zucchini.
I do store my carrots, celery, lettuce and cucumbers as well as apples and citrus in the in the fridge drawer.
I never store bananas, potatoes, onions (except green onions), tomatoes or avocados in the fridge. These are also things I try not to have left over because, besides the bananas, I would put cut potatoes, onions, tomatoes and avocado in the fridge. Luckily these are also some of my favorite foods, so rarely have any left over.

Billy said...

Thanks everyone!

I am a CSA member and get a box of organic produce each week. It's tough to make the vegetables last all week.

Lily Girl said...

Billy - I get a CSA basket every other week, but it's only two of us, so I run in to the same problem. I have found that washing and drying (I love my salad spinner for this) all my greens and storing them in plastic bags (I know, ick - but it's the best option I've found for now) in the 'fridge at least doubles the storage time. For more delicate items like cilantro and soft lettuces I put a damp paper towel around them in the bag. It both keeps them from sitting in too much water, and prevents them from drying out. Also, make sure you keep your onions and garlic seperate from your potatoes - they make each other go bad more quickly. I store those (seperately) in a cool, dry place, but not the fridge. (I wish I had a basement, especially in summer!)
I'm looking foward to seeing what summer brings. If they give us more fruit than we can handle I'll be slicing and freezing.

Anonymous said...

The best way to store celery is to wrap it snugly in aluminum foil. It will last amazingly long and still be nice and crisp.