8 Storage Tips to keep your produce fresh all summer long

  1. Use the Crisper Drawer– Utilize the crisper drawers in your fridge for fruits and vegetables. Set one drawer to high humidity for leafy greens and the other to low humidity for fruits and vegetables that prefer drier conditions.
  2. Store at the Right Temperature- Keep your refrigerator at a steady temperature between 32°F-40°F. This range slows down the ripening process and reduces spoilage.
  3. Separate Ethylene Producers- Ethylene gas accelerates ripening. Store ethylene-producing fruits like apples, bananas, and tomatoes separately from ethylene-sensitive items like leafy greens, berries, and carrots.
  4. Wrap Leafy Greens and Herbs- Wrap leafy greens and herbs in paper towels before placing them in plastic bags. The paper towels absorb excess moisture, which helps prevent wilting and decay.
  5. Store Berries in Glass Containers- Berries last longer when stored in glass containers lined with paper towels. This method helps absorb excess moisture and keeps the berries fresh.
  6. Keep Potatoes and Onions Separate– Store potatoes and onions in a cool, dark place but not together. When stored together, they release gases that can cause each other to spoil faster.
  7. Refrigerate Citrus in the Crisper- Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and limes can be stored in the refrigerator’s crisper drawer to extend their freshness. If you leave them on the counter, use them within a week.
  8. Maintain Proper Humidity for Mushrooms – Store mushrooms in a paper bag in the fridge. The paper bag absorbs excess moisture, which helps prevent the mushrooms from getting slimy.