I love fresh fruit and vegetables. Knowing how and where produce should be stored, not only extends the life of the fruit and vegetables but helps me get the most flavor out of them.
How you store fruit and vegetables will effect not only their taste but their texture as well. Almost all fruit and vegetables can be stored in the refrigerator.Some of the exceptions include:
- Lemons and Limes (They have a tendency to absorb odors / flavors from the refrigerator)
- Tomatoes (their texture becomes mealy if refrigerated)
- Potatoes, garlic, onions,
All of these should be stored in a cool, dry place at room temperature, not in direct sunlight.
Both pineapples and apples can be stored in the refrigerator or at room temperature. My husband likes pulling a crisp, cool apple out of the refrigerator on a hot summer afternoon. He says it reminds him of pulling them right off the tree on the way to school when he was growing up back in Iowa Since most of the sugar in a pineapple is concentrated in the bottom of the fruit I like to store them upside down to allow the sweetness to spread.
Store berries in the refrigerator and wash just before you eat them.
Treat asparagus and herbs the same way. Wash asparagus and herbs. Dry them well. Cut the ends off the asparagus and herbs. Place stem side down, in a glass of water. Wrap tops in a paper towel.
If you don't want to take the time to do all the prep work on the asparagus, just wrap the stems in a damp paper towel until your ready to prepare.
I don't have room in my refrigerator to store herbs in glasses of water. I wash and dry my herbs, then wrap them in a paper towel and place them in plastic bags.
Always store meat and fruit and vegetables separate. The crisper drawer is the best place to store produce. The moisture produced in the drawer, will help to keep the produce fresher longer.
These are just a few of the tips I use to make the most of my fruits and vegetables. I would love to hear your tips on storing produce.