Vegetable storage is a smart idea when you find yourself in a dire situation, where your outdoor movement is restricted, or there is a widespread scarcity of food. However, when it comes to storing vegetables, the aim is usually to store them in such a manner that they stay fresh and safe.
Let’s discover which vegetables you can store for a long time and some tried-and-tested ways to store them like a pro.
1. Store Veggies in Your Basement
Most vegetables can survive the test of time if they are stored in ideal conditions. Some vegetables require a cool and dry storage space (50 – 60 degrees Fahrenheit and approximately 60% humidity) such as onions, garlic, shallots, potatoes, and hard squash. Make sure the pantry you store these veggies in is away from light. Ideally, your pantry should be in your basement, which is cool and dry.
However, some vegetables, such as cucumbers and bell peppers, require cool and moist storage space. The best place to store them is in your refrigerator in a plastic bag.
2. Store Veggies in Your Refrigerator
As we mentioned earlier, some veggies thrive well in cool places such as the fridge. Crunchy root veggies, including beets, carrots, daikon, and turnips, can be easily stored in the refrigerator. Make sure to store your fruits and vegetables in different sections to prevent them from early ripening.
Try not to wash the veggies before storing them; Pre-washing always leads to early spoilage. Also, most veggies do well when stored in a plastic bag. These vegetables include carrots, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, and celery.
3. Tie Veggies in a Plastic Bag
Before storing veggies in your fridge, make sure you put them in a plastic bag. However, please note that veggies like lettuces are supremely fragile, so avoid tying them tightly. Loosely tie to allow the veggies to breathe.
Some other vegetables that need to be kept in a plastic bag include broccoli, cabbage, potatoes, and carrots. You can also use a paper bag for safe storage.
4. Store Veggies in the Crisper Drawer
You should store leafy greens, such as arugula, spinach, and herbs in the high-humidity drawer of your fridge.
The cool, moist space will allow the water vapor to stay in the drawer and enable the greens to stay fresh and crisp for a long time.
5. Store in the Freezer
Storing veggies in the freezer is not considered ideal. That being said, some vegetables can easily be preserved in there such as artichokes, eggplants, potatoes, radishes, sprouts, and Belgian endive. Make sure to store the vegetables in air-tight containers or freezer bags.
Before storing vegetables, always double-check which ones need to be stored in a dry, cool space, moist, cool space, and in a moist, cold space. Also, see whether or not they need to be wrapped in a plastic bag or a container for safe storage.