How to store vegetables and greens

How to store vegetables and greens

How to store vegetables and greens

How much, where and how to store vegetables in the apartment depends on what temperature, humidity and light level needs a specific kind. So, for example, cabbage and carrots should be stored in the refrigerator, and potatoes and onions - in the drawer of the kitchen cupboard, some products should be put in sealed containers, and some - left in nets or paper bags.

In this material you will find useful advice, as well as a brief memo for storing large and weekly stocks of vegetables, herbs and greens.

A few general principles

  • Keep the vegetables separate from the fruit. The fact is that apples, pears, bananas and apricots secrete ethylene - a gas that accelerates the ripening and spoilage of nearby fruits and vegetables.
  • Keep separately tomatoes, potatoes and peppers (including separately from each other). They also emit ethylene and strongly affect the taste and quality of the rest of the vegetables. So, for example, next to a tomato carrots and beets will become bitter, and potatoes will sprout quickly next to the pepper.
  • Always cut off the tops of root crops. Before you combine carrots, beets, radishes, turnips and other root crops in the refrigerator, you need to trim their tops, leaving only a small tail of 2.5 cm in length to protect the vegetable from drying out. Also, before storage, the roots should be cleaned with a soft brush from the remnants of the earth.
  • Wash vegetables and herbs (except for greenery) only before use, and not in advance. Wash all the products at once before laying in the refrigerator is very convenient, but it turns out that this accelerates the spoilage of plant products. But the greens can be washed before storage by soaking them in a sink with water.
  • Store vegetables in loose and perforated packages and containers. Make sure that the vegetable storage bag has holes to ensure a good flow of air. Fruits should be free in the package, because the closer they are to each other, the faster they start to rot.

See also the material: How to store fruit at home - general principles, memo and photo-ideas.

Memo for storing vegetables

Potato

Where and how to store potatoes: the potato does not tolerate prolonged storage in the refrigerator, since at low temperatures the starch begins to turn into sugar. But the potato loves the dark (it becomes tasteless and even toxic in light), cool (+ 5 ° C to + 7 ° C) and dry (no more than 85% moisture) places. Therefore, for storage of large reserves, cellars, pantries, insulated garages or balconies are best suited. Small stocks of potatoes can be stored in an apartment in a kitchen cupboard or, say, under a sink. A week's supply of potatoes can live on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator. Before you send the tubers for storage, they need to sort out, leaving only healthy and strong potatoes (winter stocks should be sorted 2 more times during the winter).

Timeframe: 3 weeks in the apartment, and up to 5-6 months - in ideal conditions.

Potatoes storage

Cucumbers

Where and how to store cucumbers: in a refrigerator.

Timeframe: 5 days.

Tomatoes

Where and how to store tomatoes: at room temperature, for example, on a table top or in a cabinet. In a refrigerator to store tomatoes it is impossible - at temperature below 10 degrees they lose aroma and become insipid. If you need to store tomatoes for more than three days, then you can fold them on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator, and then restore the flavor and taste by holding the fruit at room temperature for about 1 day.

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Timeframe: 3 days - the optimal shelf life for ripe tomatoes.

Tip: to ensure that the unripe tomatoes are ripe, hold them in a paper bag at room temperature (see the photo below).

How to store tomatoes

Garlic

Where and how to store garlic: Garlic can be stored in a closet or on a countertop, in a pantry or cellar. The main thing is that air around it freely circulates. In the refrigerator, garlic can not be stored, because at low temperatures it quickly loses its flavor and taste.

Timeframe: 2 months.

Bow

Where and how to store onions: Onions can also be stored in a closet or on a table top, in a pantry or cellar. The main thing is that air around it freely circulates.

Onion storage

It is best to store onions in mesh bags (in which it is often sold in the store) to get this very ventilation. If there is no net, then you can put the bulbs in a bowl and, if desired, cover them with a "breathing" cloth, but not with a lid.

To store the whole onion in the refrigerator is undesirable, but the chopped onion is best kept there and no more than 4 days.

Timeframe: 2 months.

Bow storage in bundles

Cabbage (white and red-head)

Where and how to store cabbage: in the refrigerator, on any shelf.

Timeframe: 2 weeks.

Cabbage Brussels, Savoy and Peking, cauliflower

Where and how to store: in a refrigerator.

Timeframe: 1 Week.

Carrot

Where and how to store: in a refrigerator.

Timeframe: 2 weeks.

Sweet pepper

Where and how to store pepper: in the fridge, away from the rest of the vegetables.

Timeframe: 1 week (green pepper); 5 days (red, yellow and orange peppers).

Chili pepper (fresh)

Where and how to store: in a refrigerator.

Timeframe: 2 weeks.

Note: Dried chili pepper will stay for 4 months in an airtight container.

Broccoli

Where and how to store broccoli: in the refrigerator, on any shelf.

Timeframe: 1 Week.

Beet and its leaves

Where and how to store beets: in a refrigerator. Before filling in the refrigerator, the tops (by the way, very useful) must be cut and folded into a plastic bag.

Timeframe: 3 weeks, leaves - 3 days.

Eggplant

Where and how to store eggplant: in a refrigerator.

Timeframe: 5 days.

Squash, zucchini and pumpkin

Where and how to store zucchini: in a refrigerator, cellar or other dry, dark and cool place.

Timeframe: 5 days.

Avocado

Where and how to store avocado: in a refrigerator.

Timeframe: 3 days.

Tip: to allow the unripened avocado to ripen, hold it at room temperature in a paper bag until it reaches softness.

Artichokes

Where and how to store: in a refrigerator.

Timeframe: 1 Week.

Ginger

Where and how to store ginger: in a refrigerator.

Timeframe: 3 weeks.

Tip: Ginger can be frozen for up to 6 months. If you want to grate ginger on a grater, you do not have to defrost it.

Mushrooms

Where and how to store mushrooms: in the refrigerator, preferably in a paper bag.

Timeframe: 1 Week.

Turnip

Where and how to store a turnip: in a refrigerator.

Timeframe: 2 weeks.

Tip: The leaves of the turnip are very useful, so they are often used to prepare medicinal broths. Separate the leaves from the root and store it separately in a plastic bag. The leaves will remain fresh for 3 days.

Radish

Where and how to store radish: in a refrigerator.

Timeframe: ideally up to 3 days, but possibly 2 weeks.

Tip: remove the leaves from the roots to prolong their freshness.

Asparagus

Where and how to store: in a refrigerator. Before storage, it is necessary to cut the ends of asparagus (see photo), and then wrap it in a damp towel and fold it into a plastic bag.

Timeframe: 3 days.

Asparagus, trimmed

Leek

Where and how to store: in a refrigerator. Before storage, you need to cut and discard the dark green tops of leeks, and leave the roots intact (see photo).

Timeframe: 1 Week.

How to store leeks

Mustard

Where and how to store: in a refrigerator.

Timeframe: 3 days.

Okra

Where and how to store: in a refrigerator, in a paper bag.

Timeframe: 3 days.

Peas, English and chicken

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator, leaving in the pods prior to consumption.

Timeframe: 4 days.

Rhubarb

Where and how to store: in a refrigerator.

Timeframe: 1 Week.

Tip: leaves of rhubarb are not recommended for eating in large quantities, since they can be toxic.

Swede

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator or in the closet.

Timeframe: 1 week - at room temperature, 2 weeks - at low temperature.

Memo for keeping herbs and greens

Greenery (parsley and dill)

Where and how to store greens: in a refrigerator. Small beams can be stored in glasses with water as bouquets (see photo).

Timeframe: 5 days.

How to store greens

Shallot onion

Where and how to store shallots: can be stored in a closet or on a countertop, in a pantry or cellar. The main thing is that air around it freely circulates.

Timeframe: 1 month.

Spinach

Where and how to store: in a refrigerator.

Tip: no matter how fresh the leaves look, follow the expiration date stated on the package, as bacteria can develop.

Lettuce salad

Where and how to store: in a refrigerator.

Timeframe: 5 days.

Tip: Even if the leaves look fresh, follow the expiration date indicated on the package.

Watercress

Where and how to store: in a refrigerator.

Timeframe: 4 days.

Celery

Since the celery is porous, it is especially vulnerable to absorb odors from other foods.

Where and how to store: in a refrigerator.

Timeframe: 2 weeks.

Herbs deciduous (basil, coriander, green onions, tarragon, parsley, mint)

Where and how to store greens: in a refrigerator.

Timeframe: 3 days (basil, coriander, green onion, tarragon); 5 days (parsley, mint).

Tip: Wrap a bunch of greens in a damp paper towel before storing it to keep it fresh longer.

Herbs wood (rosemary and thyme)

Fridge: 2 weeks.

Ruccola

Where and how to store: in a refrigerator.

Timeframe: 5 days.

Radiccio salad

Where and how to store: in a refrigerator.

Timeframe: 4 days.

Fennel

Where and how to store greens: in a refrigerator.

Timeframe: 5 days.

And finally, we suggest to get ideas for storing vegetables in the apartment and other useful information in the next video.

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