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How To Keep Vegetable Fresh

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how to keep vegetable freshHow to keep vegetable fresh at home so as to retain its crispiness, flavor and nutrients? The following information and tips would guide you to keep vegetable fresh at home for a longer period of time.


 


Keep Vegetable Fresh Longer


 


Vegetables have to be segregated into groups that have similar storage requirements in order to remain fresh. Hence, it would be ideal to group together green onions, spinach, and lettuce while cauliflower, celery, asparagus, etc. can be in another group. The first group would prefer to be stored at low humidity, while second-group vegetables would keep fresh elsewhere in refrigerator.


 


Refrigeration to Keep Vegetable Fresh


 


Refrigeration is one of the best ways to keep vegetable fresh since majority of them tend to spoil at room temperature.


 


  1. Wipe dry the vegetables after bringing them home from market. Do not wash.



  2. Place vegetables in plastic or paper storage bags for keeping vegetable fresh. Open containers can also be used for particular vegetables.



  3. Place the bags at coldest part of refrigerator.


 


Let us look at some varied conditions to keep vegetables fresh in refrigerator:


 


  • Store spinach, lettuce, and other leafy greens in plastic storage bags. Store  these at the coldest region of refrigerator. The vegetables would keep fresh for 7 to 10 days.



  • Store broccoli, Brussel sprouts and cauliflowers in plastic storage bags. Vegetables keep fresh for 5 days.



  • Wrap cabbage without washing or cutting in plastic covers to be used even 10 days later.



  • Use perforated plastic bags to keep vegetables fresh like beetroot, turnips and carrots after cutting off the leafy tops. The perforations would allow air flow. Vegetables keep fresh stored in this manner for almost 2 weeks.



  • Store artichokes, beans and cucumbers too in plastic bags.



  • Store peppers wrapped in paper bags at bottom of the vegetable drawer in refrigerator.



  • Store mushrooms in open containers covered loosely with only a paper towel and they will keep fresh for almost 5 days.


 


Keeping Vegetable Fresh at Room Temperature


 


Some vegetables are better off stored at room temperature.


 


  1. Wipe vegetables dry.



  2. Place them in appropriate bags or baskets.



  3. Place bags and baskets in cool and dark place away from direct sunlight.



  4. Use when required.


 


Let us look at some vegetables that can be stored at room temperature:


 


  • Store onions and garlic in baskets away from sunlight. Dark spots are particularly good for garlic.



  • Store potatoes in paper bags in dark places to keep them fresh.



  • Store tomatoes at room temperature in baskets far away from direct sunlight and they will last 3 to 4 days.


 


 


Tips to Keep Vegetable Fresh


 


  1. Never store corn on the cob. They should be eaten immediately or blanched for 2 minutes before storing in refrigerator.



  2. Check vegetables carefully for mold or rot prior to storing them.

     


 


Watch more ways to keep vegetable fresh here and enjoy fresh vegetables everyday for every meal.


 


 


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