To keep vegetables fresh for as long as possible, it is important to store them in the right place and under the right conditions. Each type of vegetable has its own preference for the perfect storage location where it stays crisp and tasty. Our simple guide shows how to store vegetables correctly.
Rule of thumb to store vegetables correctly
Every type of vegetable feels most comfortable in the climate in which it has grown. This means that heat-loving vegetables such as peppers or eggplants are stored better at room temperature than in the fridge. Potatoes, kumara and cabbages love it cool and dark, which is why they are in good hands in a storage cellar. You can safely put salads or asparagus in the fridge to ensure the longest possible shelf life.
Vegetables that are well stored in the fridge
Vegetables that tolerate cold temperatures and are not affected by high humidity. Especially to store vegetables correctly for the short-term, the refrigerator is the right place. However, vegetables with high water content tolerate the cold badly and lose their taste in the refrigerator.
The fridge is the best storage place for:
- Leafy vegetables (salads, spinach, chard)
Store vegetables correctly: which ones like a storage cellar best?
Tubers in particular can be stored well in a cool storage cellar. In the basement, the vegetables are more aired than in the vegetable compartment, which is why it rarely starts to grow mold down there. To store vegetables correctly when they are starchy varieties, especially potatoes, remember that they like it cool, but not cold, otherwise they turn their starch into sugar and taste unpleasant.
The following varieties can be stored well in the cellar:
- celery (except in warm climates)
- sweet potatoes
- Cabbage (hung upside down on the intact stem)
- Root vegetables (in boxes with moist sand)
Vegetables that tolerate room temperature
A breezy storage at moderate temperatures is suitable for many vegetables that have high season in summer and have a high water content. When cold, they lose their aroma. Important for storage in the kitchen is a shady place without heat influence, so for example not directly at the window or next to electrical appliances. Vegetables stored at room temperature should soon be consumed because they are less durable than refrigerated varieties.
Room temperature is best to store the following varieties:
- green beans
Author: Genevieve Dumas is a food, fashion and beauty stylist from New York, who has worked for a range of major magazines.