Properly storing fresh fruits and vegetables can make all the difference in how your produce tastes. And of course, serving the best-tasting fruits and vegetables possible will increase the quantity that you and your family members are able to eat. Below is a chart of what to store where.
On the Counter
Keep the following fruits and vegetables at room temperature, on a platter or in a container that allows for air circulation – like a wire basket or colander.
|Nectarines*||Watermelon & Cantaloupe|
|Papayas||Winter squash (squashes with a thick skin)|
* Refrigerate after ripening to prolong the shelf-life
In the Fridge
Keep these items in their original packaging or in cloth/perforated plastic bags in the produce drawers.
|Green Beans||Celery||Lettuce/Leafy Greens|
|Cabbage||Figs||Summer Squash (zucchini)|
Remove fruits an hour or so before serving, since flavor is often better at room temperature.
In the Pantry
Store these items away from light and in a well-ventilated area, like a cupboard or pantry.
Tip: Store onions and potatoes away from each other, as they tend to make each other go bad more quickly.