Monday, October 10, 2011

Storage tips from beachgreens

My good friend Aliye over at beachgreens put together this wonderful storage and tips list for her customers. Since the seasons are changing I thought it would be a great time to share her list with you.

Beets:Store refrigerated without a plastic bag. Be sure to separate the greens and store separately in a plastic bag.
Broccoli:Store broccoli unwashed in a plastic bag in the crisper section of refrigerator.

Carrots:Cut off tops and store roots in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
Cauliflower:Store unwashed in a plastic bag in the crisper section of refrigerator.
Corn: Store in refrigerator in a plastic bag.
Grapes: Store in refrigerator in a plastic bag, or airtight container.  Do not wash until ready to eat.

Greens: (e.g. spinach, kale, chard) Store in plastic bags and refrigerate. You may wash them before storing, but remember to dry them WELL (in a salad spinner preferably); washed greens won’t last as long as unwashed.

Leeks: Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Lettuce: Store unwashed in plastic bags in the refrigerator. Or store washed in a bowl with a tight fitting cover. A salad spinner is made for this. Store lettuce mix unwashed in a plastic bag with a knot tied at the top, with plenty of air.

Peas:Store in plastic bags, with plenty of air.
Peppers: Store in refrigerator in a plastic bag

Potatoes:If refrigerated, potatoes will have a waxy consistency when cooked, so store them in a dark, well-ventilated, cool place away from onions.

Summer squash: Store in the refrigerator, in a plastic bag.

Tomatoes: Store at room temperature.  They can be refrigerated if need be, but this might change their text slightly. 

Avocados:Leave out at room temperature to ripen and then refrigerate. If you want them to ripen faster, put them in a paper bag with an apple. Once they are ripe, you can put them in the refrigerator so that they won’t become overripe. Do not put an unripe avocado in the refrigerator, as this will make their texture strange.

Blueberries: Are best stored in the refrigerator. They actually get sweeter!  Don’t wash them until you are ready to use them.

Citrus: Can be stored in or out of the refrigerator, but it will last longer in the refrigerator. No need to put them in a bag.

Stone Fruit (peaches, nectarines, plums, etc): Store at room temperature until just ripe, and than refrigerate to prolong their life.  (If they haven’t been eaten already!)

Strawberries: Sort through the berries and remove any soft ones for immediate consumption. Gently wash in a colander and pat dry. Store in a glass bowl with a glass lid in the refrigerator.

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