Food-Specific Storage Tips

Fruits
Vegetables
Other Fresh Items


Fruits

  • Store apples either in the fridge or in a dry storage area slightly below room temperature.
  • Bananas, pears, pineapples, melons and avocados ripen quickly at room temperature. Once the fruit is ripened to your preference, store them in the fridge to maintain ripeness level.
  • Berries spoil quickly, so it is best to use them soon after purchasing. Store in the refrigerator spread into an even layer on a tray or in a shallow container and uncovered. Remember not to rinse or wash until just before use.
  • Grapes keep best in a perforated plastic bag, which is how most grocery stores sell them.  Simply refrigerate grapes in the original packaging to maintain freshness.

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Vegetables

  • Eggplants keep best at room temperature in dark places, such as a pantry or cupboard. One sliced, rub the exposed flesh of the eggplant with lemon, cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge.
  • To extend the life of lettuce and other leafy veggies, wash and dry them, tear the leaves from the stems and place in a sealed plastic bag with paper towels to absorb extra moisture and keep them from wilting.
  • Store broccoli like flowers by trimming the stems and placing them in a vase of cool water in the refrigerator. Be sure the stems are mostly submerged and the broccoli should last up to two weeks in the fridge.
  • Keep potatoes and onions in a dark, dry and cool storage area.
  • Artichokes, asparagus, beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach and summer squash should be kept refrigerated in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Cut the tops off of beets, turnips and carrots before refrigerating in a sealed plastic bag or container.
  • Store fresh corn in the fridge, unhusked. 
  • Refrigerate mushrooms on a tray or in a shallow container spread into an even, single layer covered with damp paper towels.
  • Tomatoes are similar to fruit when it comes to storage. Keep unripe tomatoes at room temperature. Place in the fridge to slow the ripening process when desired and after slicing.

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Other Fresh Items

  • Keep bread stored in a drawer or cupboard. If you do not intend to use the bread for more than five days after purchase, store it a sealed plastic bag in the freezer, not the fridge.
  • Keep milk and eggs on the shelves in the fridge, not in the side-door storage surfaces, where it tends to be warmer.
  • Store tofu submerged in water in a plastic container. The tofu will keep for 3-4 days if the water is changed daily.

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