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How to extend the life of vegetables with proper storage

By Edited Nov 26, 2015 0 0

In order to reduce your trips to the grocery store it is important to learn how to store fresh vegetables properly. If you can extend the life of your veggies you will also save money in your budget because you won't have to throw away the produce that went bad before it could be used.

Carrots

Carrots are one of the easiest vegetables to store. When you select your carrots make sure that they are still hard and have a nice healthy orange color. When you get them home take the time to carefully scrub them. While the carrots are still wet place them in a zippered bag. You can store them in the crisping drawer of your refrigerator until you are ready to eat them.

Tip: Monitor the moisture level in the zippered bag. Moisture will keep your carrots from drying out, but too much moisture will cause them to rot. Leave the bag open if there is too much moisture for your carrots.

Lettuce

Lettuce is one of the more difficult vegetables to store because it notoriously turns brown and wilts in just a few short days. In order to avoid this make sure to thoroughly separate your lettuce leaves and wash away the dirt. Use paper towels to remove all moisture from the leaves.

Now your lettuce has been properly prepared for storage. Line the bottom of a container with a dry paper towel. Carefully place a layer of lettuce on the paper towel. Keep adding layers of paper towels and lettuce until your supply runs out. Place your container into the crisping drawer of your fridge.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes will last longer if they are stored in a cooler place. You want to avoid placing them into the refrigerator because this will negatively affect the taste of the tomato. It might be beneficial to select tomatoes that aren't quiet ripe in order to keep them longer.

Onions

Onions can last for extended periods if stored in the proper conditions. To prevent your onions from sprouting or rotting leave them in a cold space that gets good air circulation. If you have a root cellar this is the optimal place for onion storage. You want to make sure your onions don't get piled up on each other. Arrange them so that each one has enough room to breathe.

Potatoes

Potato storage is very similar to onion storage. You want to make sure that potatoes are not left in a moist location because they will start to grow roots. A cool, dark place with good air circulation will provide the best storage climate for your potatoes.

Tip: Your vegetables will last longer if they are freshly picked. Consider buying your produce from a local farmers market instead of the grocery store!

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