Berries & Cherries:
Best kept covered in the refrigerator. Do not wash until you use them - too much moisture in the package speeds spoilage. Use within 2 - 3 days. Same for cranberries, but they can be stored for a week.
Avocados & Bananas:
Best stored and eaten at room temperature, but can be refrigerated after ripening. To speed ripening of green bananas, place them in a paper bag with a wrinkled apple, and place in a drawer, cupboard, or other dark place. If they do not ripen after 1 week, they have been transported at a low temperature, and you might as well make chutney out of them.
Best kept in the refrigerator loose - they need to breathe to stay crisp. Use within 1 month.
Eggplants, Mature Onions, Winter Squash, Rutabagas, & Sweet Potatoes:
Best kept moderately cool (no lower than 50 degrees).
Best kept at 45 - 50 degrees. A cool, dry place is best. Use within a few weeks, but they'll keep almost a month.
Apricots, Peaches, Pears, Nectarines & Melons:
Best ripened BEFORE refrigeration. Cut portions should be covered before refrigerating. Use within 3-5 days, except melons, which should be used ASAP after ripening. All other fresh vegetables belong in the refrigerator.
Tomatoes, Green Beans, & Lima Beans
Keep tomatoes uncovered, and green beans and lima beans in their pods, or, if not in their pods, in plastic. They'll last 3 - 5 days in the refrigerator.
Keep corn in its husk in the refrigerator. Eat ASAP because the sugar quickly turns into starch, causing it to lose flavor.
Carrots, Radishes, Turnips, Beets, & Parsnips:
Should be stored in plastic once the leafy tops are removed. They will last two weeks in the refrigerator. Most other fresh vegetables store well in the crisper, but usually need plastic to avoid dehydration.
Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Scallions & Summer Squash:
Will last 3-5 days in plastic bags in the crisper.
Spinach, Kale, Chard and Collards:
Have the same crisper life, but should be washed and drained thoroughly before packing in bags.
Lettuce, Salad Greens, Peppers & Cucumbers:
Should be washed and stored in the crisper.
Cauliflower, Celery, & Snap Peas:
Do not have to be washed. Use within a week.
Has a long refrigerator life, up to two weeks.
Asparagus:Is delicate and should be used within 2-3 days. If you have any questions on food storage or preparation, please call our office and we'll do our best to provide the answers for you.
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