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How much, where and how to store vegetables in an apartment depends on what temperature, level of humidity and light needs any particular type. For example, cabbage and carrots should be stored in the refrigerator, and potatoes and onions should be stored in the drawer of the kitchen cabinet, some products should be folded into sealed containers, and some should be left in nets or paper bags.

In this material you will find useful tips, as well as a brief memo on the storage of large and weekly stocks of vegetables, herbs and greens.

Some common principles

  • Keep vegetables away from fruit. The fact is that apples, pears, bananas and apricots emit ethylene - a gas that accelerates the ripening and damage of nearby fruits and vegetables.
  • Store tomatoes, potatoes and peppers separately (including separately from each other). They also produce ethylene and strongly affect the taste and quality of the rest of the vegetables. For example, next to a tomato carrot and beetroot will become bitter, and potatoes next to pepper will quickly sprout.
  • Always cut tops of root vegetables. Before you put the carrots, beets, radishes, turnips and other root vegetables in the refrigerator, you need to cut their tops, leaving only a small tail 2.5 cm long to protect the vegetable from drying out. Also, before storing, root crops should be cleaned with a soft brush from the rest of the earth.
  • Wash vegetables and herbs (except greens) only before use, and not in advance. It is very convenient to wash all the products at once before putting them in the refrigerator, but it turns out that this accelerates the deterioration of vegetable products. But greens can be washed before storage by soaking them in a sink with water.
  • Store vegetables in loose and perforated packages and containers. Make sure that the bag for storing vegetables has openings to ensure good air flow. Fruits at the same time should be loose in the package, because the closer they are to each other, the faster they start to rot.

Memo on the storage of vegetables

Cucumbers

Where and how to store cucumbers: in the refrigerator.

Dates: 5 days.

Tomatoes

Where and how to store tomatoes: at room temperature, for example, on a tabletop or in a closet. To keep tomatoes in the fridge is impossible - at a temperature below 10 degrees they lose their flavor and become tasteless. If you need to save the tomatoes for more than three days, then you can put them on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator, and then restore the aroma and taste by holding the fruit at room temperature for about 1 day.

Duration: 3 days - the optimal shelf life for ripe tomatoes.

Tip: in order for unripe tomatoes to ripen, hold them in a paper bag at room temperature (see photo below).

Garlic

Where and how to store garlic: garlic can be stored in a closet or on a tabletop, in a closet or cellar. The main thing is that around him air is freely circulating. Garlic cannot be stored in the refrigerator, since at low temperatures it quickly loses its aroma and taste.

Duration: 2 months.

Bow

Where and how to store onions: onions can also be stored in a closet or on a tabletop, in a closet or cellar. The main thing is that around him air is freely circulating.

It is best to store onions in mesh bags (in which it is often sold in the store) to get this very ventilation. If there is no grid, then you can fold the bulbs into a bowl and, if you wish, cover them with a “breathable” cloth, but not a lid.

It is undesirable to store a whole onion in the refrigerator, but it is better to store sliced ​​onions there and not more than 4 days.

Duration: 2 months.

Cabbage (white and red-headed)

Where and how to store cabbage: in the refrigerator, on any shelf.

Duration: 2 weeks.

Brussels sprouts, Savoy and Peking cabbage, cauliflower

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator.

Dates: 1 week.

Carrot

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator.

Duration: 2 weeks.

Sweet pepper

Where and how to store pepper: in the refrigerator, away from the rest of the vegetables.

Duration: 1 week (green pepper); 5 days (red, yellow and orange pepper).

Chilli (fresh)

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator.

Duration: 2 weeks.

Note: dried chili peppers will be kept for 4 months in an airtight container.

Broccoli

Where and how to store broccoli: in the refrigerator, on any shelf.

Dates: 1 week.

Beet and its tops

Where and how to store beets: in the refrigerator. Before putting the tops in the refrigerator (by the way, very useful), you need to cut and fold a separate plastic bag.

Terms: 3 weeks, tops - 3 days.

Eggplant

Where and how to store eggplant: in the refrigerator.

Dates: 5 days.

Courgettes, zucchini and pumpkins

Where and how to store zucchini: in the refrigerator, cellar or other dry, dark and cool place.

Dates: 5 days.

Avocado

Where and how to store avocados: in the refrigerator.

Dates: 3 days.

Tip: in order to ripe ripe avocado, hold it at room temperature in a paper bag until soft.

Artichokes

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator.

Dates: 1 week.

Ginger

Where and how to store ginger: in the refrigerator.

Duration: 3 weeks.

Tip: Ginger can be frozen for up to 6 months. If you want to grate the ginger, you do not have to defrost it.

Mushrooms

Where and how to store mushrooms: in the refrigerator, preferably in a paper bag.

Dates: 1 week.

Turnip

Where and how to store turnips: in the refrigerator.

Duration: 2 weeks.

Tip: Turnip leaves are very useful, so they are often used to make medicinal decoctions. Separate the tops from the root and store it separately in a plastic bag. Leaves will remain fresh for 3 days.

Radish

Where and how to store radishes: in the refrigerator.

Terms: ideally up to 3 days, but maybe 2 weeks.

Tip: remove the leaves from the roots to prolong their freshness.

Asparagus

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator. Before storage, cut off the ends of the asparagus (see photo), then wrap it in a wet towel and fold it into a plastic bag.

Dates: 3 days.

Leek

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator. Before storage, cut off and discard the dark green leek tips, and leave the roots intact (see photo).

Dates: 1 week.

Mustard

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator.

Dates: 3 days.

Okra

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator, in a paper bag.

Dates: 3 days.

Peas, English and Chillies

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator, leaving in the pods until use.

Dates: 4 days.

Rhubarb

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator.

Dates: 1 week.

Tip: Rhubarb leaves are not recommended to be eaten in large quantities, as they can be toxic.

Swede

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator or in the closet.

Terms: 1 week - at room temperature, 2 weeks - at low temperature.

Memo for the storage of herbs and herbs

Greens (parsley and dill)

Where and how to store greens: in the refrigerator. Small bunches can be stored in cups of water as bouquets (see photo).

Dates: 5 days.

Shallot onions

Where and how to store shallots: can be stored in a closet or on a tabletop, in a closet or cellar. The main thing is that around him air is freely circulating.

Terms: 1 month.

Spinach

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator.

Tip: no matter how fresh the leaves look, follow the expiration date printed on the package, as bacteria can develop.

Lettuce salad

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator.

Dates: 5 days.

Tip: Even if the leaves look fresh, follow the expiration date printed on the package.

Watercress

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator.

Dates: 4 days.

Celery

Since celery is porous, it is especially vulnerable to absorb odors from other foods.

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator.

Duration: 2 weeks.

Deciduous herbs (basil, cilantro, scallions, tarragon, parsley, mint)

Where and how to store greens: in the refrigerator.

Terms: 3 days (basil, cilantro, green onions, tarragon); 5 days (parsley, mint).

Tip: Wrap a bunch of greens in a damp paper towel before storing so that it stays fresh longer.

Woody Herbs (Rosemary and Thyme)

Refrigerator: 2 weeks.

Arugula

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator.

Dates: 5 days.

Radicchio salad

Where and how to store: in the refrigerator.

Dates: 4 days.

Fennel

Where and how to store greens: in the refrigerator.

Dates: 5 days.

And finally, we suggest finding ideas on storing vegetables in the apartment and other useful information in the next video.

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