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Storing Vegetables

Storing Vegetables

First thing to know about storing vegetables is that you never…never…ever store fruits and vegetables together. Fruits that give off high levels of ethylene (the ripening agent) can prematurely ripen and spoil surrounding vegetables. Second thing to know when storing vegetables is to, remove ties and rubber bands and trim any leafy ends. Third thing, store the vegetables in a bag with punctuated holes to allow good air flow. Remember the closer they are the quicker they will rot.

Cucumbers

Best kept at room temperature and not refrigerated. They thrive longer in room temperature and also last a lot longer

If kept refrigerated under 10 degrees Celsius cucumbers are prone to chilling injuries

If you insist on chilling your cucumbers, it is recommended that you limit it to no more than three days and eat them as soon as possible. Furthermore if you do decide to chill them keep them towards the front of the shelf as the back has cooler temperatures in the fridge

Potatoes

Potatoes don’t need to be refrigerated and should ideally be stored in a dark environment at about 7 – 10 degrees Celsius. At a warmer environment than this, they have a tendency to start sprouting or going bad.

Mature potatoes store better than “immature” potatoes because their skins are a tougher and are more capable of defending themselves from rotting once off the vine

If mature potatoes are kept in a cool and dark environment, these potatoes will stay good for several months

Pumpkins

As a rule of thumb, pumpkins can normally be stored for 30 – 90 days
For long term storage,

Wash pumpkins in a very mild chlorine solution (one cup of chlorine to 3.75L of water). This will kill off bacteria, which may cause the fruit to rot

Avoid hot and humid places, even if only storing for only a couple of weeks

Capsicums

For refrigeration
– Store in plastic bag in the vegetable crisper of refrigerator
– Green capsicum will usually stay fresh longer than red and yellow capsicum

For freezer
– Slice or chop capsicums and then spread into a layer on a tray then freeze
– Then promptly place in a clear heavy duty freezer bag or air tight container and return to the freezer

Onions

Best stored in a cool, dry place, perhaps a pantry or a low cupboard away from excessive heat and/or light

Not good to store in refrigerator due to the high moisture atmosphere and onions need air circulation as it is beneficial to prevent any spoilage

Dampness is a no-go so stay clear of storing them underneath the sink

Also it is not an ideal idea to store potatoes and onions together as it is known that potatoes have a great deal of moisture and give off a gas that causes onions to spoil

If stored properly, onions can be keep for several weeks