Guide For Storing Fruits, Vegetables & Herbs

After being accosted (slight exaggeration) by a store clerk when I innocently asked where I could find the basil while pointing towards the refrigerated produce section at Whole Foods, it dawned on me that I am pretty clueless when it comes to storing fruits, vegetables and herbs. Hint: Basil shouldn’t be refrigerated…who knew? I didn’t.

Since that day, I have done some research on my own on proper fruit and vegetable storage and have learned some interesting things. For example, did you know that storing bananas next to other fruits (or pretty much any produce) will cause them to ripen faster? I used to store my bananas and avocados right next to each other and in the same bowl – now it makes sense as to why my avocados were ripening faster than I could eat them. To spread the knowledge and help you reduce wasted produce, I’ve put together a guide for storing your favorite fruits, vegetables and herbs. I hope you find this helpful! If you have any tips to share please post them in the comments below 🙂

storing fruit

Apples

Refrigerate and store separately from other produce. The crisper drawer is the perfect storage spot for apples.

Avocados

Store at room temperature in a paper bag or in a bowl on their own. Tip: Looking to ripen your avocado quickly? Toss an apple or banana in a paper bag with an avocado – your avocado will be ripe in no time.

Bananas

Store on countertop and on their own.

Clementines

Store on countertop in an open container.

Grapes

Refrigerate in the perforated plastic bag they came in. Only wash grapes right before you plan to eat them.

Berries

Refrigerate and store, unwashed, in a open container. Line container with a paper towel to absorb any moisture.

Tomatoes

Store on countertop – do not refrigerate.

storing vegetables

Broccoli & Brussels Sprouts

Refrigerate and store in an open container and cover with a damp paper towel.

Cucumbers

Do not store in plastic produce bags! Refrigerate and wrap in a damp paper towel.

Onion/Garlic

Store in a cool/dark place. Do not refrigerate.

Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes

Store in a cool/dark place. Do not refrigerate.

Butternut/Spaghetti Squash

Store in a cool/dark place. Do not refrigerate.

Zucchini/Summer Squash

Store on cool/dark countertop.

Leafy Greens

Refrigerate dry (not damp) greens in an open container.

storing herbs

Basil

Store in an air tight container on your counter top.
Toss in a damp paper towel to keep the basil from drying out.

Cilantro/Parsley

Refrigerate and store in a jar filled 1/4 of the way with water. Cover loosely with a plastic produce bag.

Mint

Refrigerate and store in a jar filled 1/4 of the way with water. Cover loosely with a plastic produce bag. Or wrap in damp paper towel and store in a plastic ziplock bag.

Green Onion/Chives

Refrigerate and store in plastic wrap. A shelf in the front door is a good storage spot.

Peppers

Refrigerate and store in a plastic produce bag. Poke holes in the bag to allow for air circulation.

Rosemary/Thyme

Refrigerate and store in plastic wrap. A shelf in the front door is a good storage spot.


Pro Tips:

Never store fruits and vegetables together.

Beware of how you store bananas. Any produce stored next to bananas will ripen VERY quickly.

 

4 Comments

  1. eileen cooney February 5, 2016 / 1:02 am

    liz, thanks for the info. who knew! this will help on trash day. I always feel so guilty throwing out food that spoiled because I didn’t handle or store it properly.

    • slowitdown February 5, 2016 / 8:21 pm

      Hi Eileen,
      Glad you liked the post! I agree! I’m working towards not wasting anymore fruits and veggies…especially because they can be expensive!

      xoxo
      Liz

  2. Trang Do February 8, 2016 / 4:32 am

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing!
    Love,
    Kisses and hugs from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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