One of my favorite food websites is The Kitchn. For a home cook like me, it is a great resource.  I have already referenced this post about a dozen times to see if I’m storing my farmers market purchases properly!


A Few General Guidelines

  • Do Not Store Fruits and Vegetables Together. Fruits that give off high levels of ethylene (the ripening agent) can prematurely ripen and spoil surrounding vegetables. (Think of the “one bad apple” adage.)
  • For Vegetables: Before storing, remove ties and rubber bands and trim any leafy ends. Leave an inch to keep the vegetable from drying out. Make sure the bag you store the veggies in has some holes punctured to allow for good air flow. Pack vegetables loosely in the refrigerator. The closer they are, the quicker they will rot. Leafy greens can be washed before storing by soaking them in a sink full of water, while soft herbs and mushrooms should not be washed until right before they are used.
  • For Fruits: Non-cherry stone fruits, avocados, tomatoes, mangoes, melons, apples, and pears will continue to ripen if left sitting out on a countertop, while items like bell peppers, grapes, all citrus, and berries will only deteriorate and should be refrigerated. Bananas in particular ripen very quickly, and will also speed the ripening of any nearby fruits.

The Best Ways to Store Vegetables

• How to store artichokes.
• How to store asparagus.
• How to store brussels sprouts.
• How to store carrots.
• How to store cauliflower.
• How to store sweet corn.
• How to store cucumbers.
• How to store and keep fresh greens and lettuces.
• How to store eggplant.
• How to store mushrooms.
• How to store napa cabbage.
• How to store onions.
• How to store potatoes.
• How to store scallions.

The Best Ways to Store Fruit

• How to store apples.
• How to store Asian pears.
• How to store avocados.
• How to store fresh berries.
• How to store cherries.
• How to store dates.
• How to store figs.
• How to store grapes.
• How to store kiwi.
• How to store lemons.
• How to store persimmons, pomegranates, and quince.
• How to store tomatoes.

The Best Ways to Store Herbs
• How to store cilantro.
• How to store fresh herbs generally.
• How to freeze and preserve herbs.