Stretch Your Dollar: How to Store Fresh Vegetables So They Last Longer

So, you got ambitious at the grocery store and bought lots of fresh vegetables to eat off of all week. But the days got away from you, life happened, and your produce has gone bad. We’ve all been there, and it’s certainly frustrating. It almost makes you want to stop buying fresh produce altogether. Before you jump to that decision, check out these tips for storing your vegetables so they last longer. Give them a try the next time you restock on groceries!

 

Broccoli– Can last up to 7 days when wrapped in damp paper towels and refrigerated in an open container.

 

Carrots– Cut off the greens at the top of the carrots. Refrigerate in a covered container filled with water. This keeps them fresh for up to 5 weeks.

 

Celery– Make sure you keep the celery heads whole until you eat them. Wrap celery tightly in aluminum foil, and keep them in the refrigerator crisper drawer. This keeps celery fresh and crisp for up to 4 weeks.

 

Cucumber– Wrap each cucumber in a paper towel. Then, place the wrapped cucumbers in a plastic zip-loc bag. Place the bag in the refrigerator and enjoy fresh cucumbers for at least one week.

 

Garlic– Store these in a cool, dark, dry place. Garlic stored this way should last around 2 months.

 

Lettuce– After washing and drying your lettuce, wrap lettuce in dry paper towels. Place this in a storage container and refrigerate in crisper. Remember to replace the paper towels anytime they become wet (or, more than slightly moist). This technique significantly extends the shelf life of your lettuce!

 

Mushrooms– Keep commercial mushrooms in their original container package. Once opened, rewrap container with plastic wrap and poke holes in the wrap for ventilation. Refrigerate wild mushrooms in a paper bag and place them in the vegetable crisper drawer. This keeps mushrooms fresh for up to 10 days.

 

Onions– Store them in a cool, dark, dry place with good air circulation. Make sure you don’t stack onions on top of one another or store them next to potatoes. Onions should not be refrigerated. Store onions this way and make them last up to 6 weeks!

 

Potatoes– Store potatoes in a cool, dark, dry place for up to 5 weeks. A paper bag works well for storing, but is not 100% needed. Do not refrigerate or place too close to onions.

 

Tomatoes– Keep these out of direct sunlight. They should be stored at room temperature and not in the fridge. Place them stem side down until they finish ripening!