[Originally published June 16, 2015]
Today is fresh vegetables day. It is the perfect time of year to purchase fresh veggies from your local farmer’s market or grocery store. Many vegetables are coming into season this time of year, which means the best product for the best price.
To stretch your dollar and prolong the life of your produce, here is a list of the best ways to store your vegetable. I have hand selected my favorite veggies for this list.
Here is a printable version of this list which also includes best storage practices for fruits and some other vegetables not on this list.
Asparagus- Place them loosely in a glass or bowl upright with water at room temperature.
Beans- Put in open container in the fridge, eat ASAP. Some recommend freezing them if you’re not going to eat them right away.
Broccoli- Place in an open container in the fridge or wrap in a damp towel before placing in the fridge.
Carrots- If you cut the tops off, they stay fresh longer. Place them in a closed container with plenty of moisture, either wrapped in a damp towel or dunk them in cold water every couple of days.
Cauliflower- It will taste best if eaten the day it is bought, but it will last awhile in a closed container in the refrigerator.
Celery- It does best when simply placed in a cup or bowl of shallow water on the counter. This is one vegetable I always make the mistake of just throwing in the crisper drawer in the fridge and leaving.
Corn- OUR FAVORITE VEGETABLE AT IL CORN! Leave unhusked in an open container if you must, but corn really is best the day it’s picked.
Lettuce- Keep damp in an airtight container in the fridge.
Onion- Store in a cool, dark and dry place. It is best if they have good air circulation (don’t stack them.) Some people place them in hanging baskets. Onions that have been peeled or cut will need to be stored in the refrigerator.
Spinach- Store loose in an open container in the crisper, cool as soon as possible. Spinach loves to stay cool.