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How to Properly Store Vegetables for Ultimate Freshness

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Everyone knows the dreaded feeling of opening the fridge, excitedly reaching for your (relatively) new produce, to simply discover a slimy, moldy mess. Learning how to properly store your produce is the key to saving money and reducing food waste! Read below for our extensive guide on how to store your produce: vegetables edition.


*Pro tip! Store your fruits and vegetables separately as storing them all in the same place will make them go bad quicker due to the ethylene gas fruits and vegetables emit.


In this article you will find:

How to Store Asparagus

How to Store Beans

How to Store Celery

How to Store Corn

How to Store Cruciferous Vegetables: including broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage

How to Store Cucumbers

How to Store Herbs

How to Store Leafy Greens

How to Store Mushrooms

How to Store Pea Pods

How to Store Peppers

How to Store Squash: Summer varieties

How to Store Squash: Winter varieties

How to Store Root Vegetables: including beets, carrots, onions, and potatoes



Extending the life of Asparagus spears

HOW TO STORE ASPARAGUS

We love having fresh asparagus in the house, and if you find a fresh bunch it stores well. To extend the shelf life, wrap the asparagus spears in a damp paper towel and place in a bag and store in the crisper section of your fridge. You'll notice in grocery stores, spears are stored in a small amount of water. This is a great trick at home. Simply fill a mason jar with 2mm of water, and place the asparagus upright int the jar. They'll last for about a week. Change the water once or twice to extend the life of your asparagus even longer. When you're ready to cook with them, simply snap the woody part off with your hands. The asparagus will naturally break where the spear becomes tender.



Storing beans for extended shelf life

HOW TO STORE BEANS

At the grocery store, take the time to sift through the beans to find the freshest ones without any blemishes. Having a fresh product to start with will make them last longer in your fridge! As soon as you get home, place a paper towel in the bag, and remove any air. Place your beans in the coldest part of your crisper (in the back). Don't wash the beans first.


Freezing beans is a great way to enjoy the summer bounty all year long. Simply cut the ends off and if you'd like, cut into bite size pieces. Boil a pot of water, and quickly blanch the beans for about two minutes. Immediately place in an ice bath. Once cool, thoroughly dry them, place on a sheet without crowding and flash freeze. Once frozen, place in a freezer bag and store for up to 6 months.


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Selecting fresh celery at the market and extending the shelf life

HOW TO STORE CELERY

An unsung hero, fresh celery can transform a stock, stew, roast or salad in no time. Fresh celery is a mainstay in our fridge, so keeping it fresh as long as possible is a priority. The best method to extend the shelf life of celery may surprise you. First, find the freshest bunch you can at the grocery store. Celery should be bright green, without blemishes and feel heavy. When you