Do you keep your vegetables in the refrigerator?
June 2, 2008 10:51am CST
I do, but I've been told they stay fresh longer if you leave them out. Is that true? Is it true for some vegetables but not others? Which ones? Does it affect the flavor at all? If you don't keep them in the refrigerator, where to you keep them- in an open basket, or in a sealed container? As you can tell, I'm clueless on this. Any comments appreciated.
• United States
2 Jun 08
Yes, it is true that the refrigerator keeps your vegetables fresher longer. I keep my vegetables in the fridge and I will not keep them out. My husband thinks it's okay to keep them out so I have to go behind him and put them all in the fridge when he's done cooking. Now, you can keep avacados out and it doesn't matter where you keep them. You can also keep out potatoes, but you probably already knew that. Good luck with your veggies.
16 Jul 08
Whether you grow your own vegetables or you buy enough vegetables for a week, it can be a challenge to store them successfully.Here are some things you can do and which most of them I use to do. Keep your vegetables dry. While most vegetables need some moisture to store well, too much moisture causes vegetables to rot. To avoid getting too much moisture on your vegetables, don't wash them before you store them. Use the crisper in your refrigerator, which is designed to keep the moisture in with the vegetables. You can keep vegetables from a few days to a few weeks depending on the type of vegetable. Asparagus, beans, beets, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower should all be stored in the fridge. Put some vegetables in a root cellar. Certain types of vegetables do better in a cool environment like a root cellar rather than a cold environment like the fridge. Artichokes, Chinese cabbage, onions and potatoes can all be stored in a root cellar for months. You can store chilies in a root cellar for a week. If you don't have a root cellar, you can pack vegetables in boxes with peat moss and keep them in a cool, dry location. Can or pickle your vegetables. Some vegetables keep for a long time and preserve their quality and taste when you can them. Beans, carrots and tomatoes are good vegetables for canning. You may want to pickle beans, cabbage, cucumbers or cauliflower. Dehydrate the vegetables to store them for longer periods. Chilies and peppers dry easily. You can also dry celery and garlic and crush them into powders.
7 Jul 08
I keep all my veg in the fridge unless they won't fit, apart from onions and potatoes. Onions live in a hanging basket and potatoes in a breathable box. the only fruit I leave out are bananas, as they will go black in the fridge. Of course, if all the veg won't fit in the fridge then I leave them out. They won't come to any harm like that!
10 Jun 08
I keep tomatoes on the counter in my fruitbowl. And greenpeppers, onions, etc fresh out of my garden as well. Isn't that weir, but now you made me think about it, lol. When I buy my veggies, they seem to go right into the fridge, but when I grow my own, they don't go into the fridge until they have been cut. Thanks so much for starting this discussion!
• United States
3 Jun 08
I do keep all my fruits and veggies in the refridgerator for the most part. The only ones I leave out are bananas, onions, garlic, and potatoes. However, potatoes need to be used fairly quickly in my home or they start growing roots and can shrivel and get bad pretty quickly. I try to keep them in a nice cabinet that doesn't get too hot or anything but still, they don't last too long. Maybe a week. Bananas go quick too. The only other fruit I would feel comfortable leaving out would be lemons - as a nice decorative touch to my kitchen!