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Storage 102

Many refrigerators tend to be a few degrees warmer on the top than on the bottom. Use the following guide to know how long fresh picked or purchased fruits and vegetables will last in optimal storage.

Cold & Moist – Bottom shelf of fridge

Broccoli 10-14 days
Cabbage 3-6 weeks
Carrots 4-6 weeks
Cauliflower 2-4 weeks
Corn 4-8 days
Greens 1-3 weeks
Green Beans 7-10 days
Peas 1-3 weeks
Radishes 3-4 weeks
Rhubarb 2-4 weeks
Snap peas 7-10 days

Cool & Moist – Top shelf of fridge

Asparagus 2-3 weeks
Beets 3-5 weeks
Cucumbers 10-14 days
Eggplant 1 week
Herbs 1 week
Potatoes 1-3 weeks
Spring berries 2-7 days
Squash 1-3 weeks
Tomatoes 1-3 weeks

Cool & Dry – On counter

Garlic 6-7 months
Onions 6-7 months

Plastic containers are not recommended for storing produce, because the tight fitting lids cause condensation which promotes spoilage. Plants with high water content such as fresh herbs spoil more quickly than low moisture produce such as onions.

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Keep this post on your fridge for an easy guide to enhance the life of your produce.

Optimize the freshness of your produce with these simple tips:

  • Asparagus: Store upright in container of water in fridge or on counter
  • Beets: Remove tops before storage in fridge
  • Sweet Corn: Maintain sweetness for several days in refrigeration
  • Cucumbers: Keep in upper shelf of refrigerator
  • Garlic: Store in paper bags or boxes on the counter
  • Greens: Store loosely wrapped in slightly damp paper towel in sealed plastic bag
  • Green Beans: Keep in upper shelf of refrigerator
  • Herbs: Store in loosely covered container
  • Potatoes: Store covered in cool, dry, dark place such as a pantry
  • Radishes: Remove tops before storage in refrigeration
  • Tomatoes: Store tomatoes on counter until cut, then refrigerate
  • Spring Fruits: (Strawberries, cherries, berries) Store in shallow containers, wash just before eating
  • Summer Fruits: (Apples, pears, plums, cantaloupes, peaches) Store in separate location from vegetables to prevent early ripening

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