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Tips to keeping your fruits and veggies fresh
 
Veggies
Refrigerate - use crisper section of refrigerator
Asparagus Separate Spears and store in plastic bag; use within 2 to 3 days
Beans Store loosely in plastic bag; use within 1 week
Broccoli Keep wrapped in plastic so they do not transfer their odor; use within one week
Brussel Sprouts Keep wrapped in plastic so they do not transfer their odor; use within one week
Cabage Keep wrapped in plastic so they do not transfer their odor; use within one week
Carrots Store in perforated plastic bags; remove greens from carots; will keep for a few weeks
Cauliflower Keep wrapped in plastic so they do not transfer their odor; use within one week
Celery Wrap with aluminum foil and put in perforated plastic bag; will keep for a few weeks in
Corn Store in husks in plastic bag; use within 2-3 days- sugars will convert to starches the longer you keep it -(loosing sweetness)
Cucumbers Store unwrapped for 1 - 2 weeks
Eggplant Store unwrapped for 1 - 2 weeks
Leafy greens / lettuce Wet greens deteriorate quickly;; store dry in plastic bag; use within 2 days
Mushrooms Store in paper bag with a barely damp paper towel; use within 2-3 days
Peas Keep in plastic bag, use within 2-3 days
Peppers Store unwrapped for 1 - 2 weeks
Squash - summer varieties Store unwrapped for 1 - 2 weeks
Do not refrigerate - store at room temperature or cooler
Garlic Do not refrigerate - store away from ligh in dry cool area - will last several weeks
Onions Do not refrigerate - store away from ligh in dry cool area - will last several weeks
Potatoes Do not refrigerate - store unwashed away from light in dry cool area - will last several weeks
Squash - winter varieties Store loose on shelf in dry cool area - do not allow them to touch - will keep several months
Tomatoes Do Not Refrigerate - Store in loose box or bowl. If under ripe place in warmer location. Will keep up to 2 weeks depending on ripeness. Once cut, refrigerate - use immediately
Fruit
Refrigerate
Apples Keep in plastic bags - use within 2 weeks
Grapes Keep in plastic bags - use within 2-3 days
Nectarines Keep in plastic bags - use within 2-3 days
Peaches Keep in plastic bags - use within 2-3 days
Pears Keep in plastic bags - use within 2-3 days
Plums Keep in plastic bags - use within 2-3 days
Kiwi Keep in plastic bags - use within 2-3 days
Berries To protect from bruising, store in an open shallow container - use with 3-4 days
Cherries To protect from bruising, store in an open shallow container - use with 3-4 days
Cool locations
Ripe bananas not recommended to refrigerate as it will turn the skin black
Citrus fruit Lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit - flavor intensifies at slightly warmer temperature than when refrigerated
Melons Product can be refrigerated if ripe but flavor intensifies at slightly warmer temperature than when refrigerated. Recommend removing from refrigerator 2 hours prior to serving for best flavor.
Pineapple Product can be refrigerated if ripe but flavor intensifies at slightly warmer temperature than when refrigerated. Recommend removing from refrigerator 2 hours prior to serving for best flavor.
Room Temperature - fruits will ripen at room temperature - if leaving fruit at room temperature - watch carefully as ripening can happen in 12 to 24 hours.
 
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