Have you had this nightmare experience?
You blissfully purchase several veggies at the farmers market on Tuesday evening. You unload your bag in your refrigerator. By the time Friday comes around, half of your veggies are limp or spoiled.
That’s the worst!
Luckily, you can get a FREE A-Z Produce Storage Guide from Schul Farmstead so you can preserve their freshness.
In the meantime, read on for some tips for some of the most common vegetable family types you’ll find at the farmers market and tips to extend their life.
Why It Spoils
Like people, vegetables breathe.
Vegetables take in oxygen and produce carbon dioxide during a process called oxidation. This is what is responsible for the spoiling, or breakdown, of fruits and vegetables that begins soon after harvesting.
You can help to slow it down and lengthen the life of your produce by keeping it cold, at a temperature just above freezing.
Keeping your produce dirty will also help to keep it fresh. Wash your vegetables and fruits just before you prepare or use it.
If you are able to purchase greens – kale, collards, swiss chard, beet/turnip greens – with their stalks, do so.
Then you can place the stalks upright in a glass of water and place in the refrigerator. This will keep the leaves fresh and perky.
While celery and carrots are not in the same family, they can be treated similarly.
Chop to fit into a container. Fill with water to cover. Place in refrigerator, changing the water every few days.
Winter squash likes a cool, dry, dark place at around 50 degrees. This might be a space in your basement. Store loose and allow air to circulate around.
Do not allow to freeze. Keeps for 3-4 months under the best conditions.
Root vegetables likes radishes, beets, and turnips can be stored by removing their leaves.
Store roots unwashed in a bag in the refrigerator for 1 week.
Beet and turnip greens can be stored like greens- upright with stalks in a glass of water. Two veggies for the price of one!
Hopefully, this brief blog post has highlighted the different ways in which our veggie friends like to be cared for.
For a deeper dive into storing vegetables, enter your email address below for our free A-Z Produce Storage Guide. It highlights the special care to give to each type of produce that enters your home in alphabetical order.