We all know that dried foods (like pasta, rice, or flour) can be stored for a very long time. Similarly, frozen foods can keep for months. But did you know that fresh fruits and vegetables can also be stored for an extended period? Some even for months! Read on to see what fresh produce you can keep for longer.
If you are buying frozen and canned veggies because the fresh ones don’t keep well, then listen up! Here are 8 fruits and vegetables that can be stored for longer than you think!
Beets are versatile vegetables, and you can use them to make soup, roast them, or eat them raw in a salad. By storing them properly, they will last for weeks in your refrigerator. Simply trim off the greens (without peeling them), and keep them in a plastic bag.
Few homes are without carrots. While they’re fresh and crunchy, you can eat them raw, but you can also revive limp carrots by adding them to a stew. As with beets, place them in a plastic bag, and they will stay fresh for weeks in your refrigerator’s vegetable drawer!
There’s no reason why you have to use lemon juice from a bottle. Store fresh lemons in the fridge, and they will keep fresh for two weeks (and some say even more!). The same goes for limes. Now you will always have fresh lemon juice on hand!
A stir-fry is not complete without cabbage. And if you store it properly, you will always have some available. Make sure to purchase whole cabbage heads (either big or small), keep them intact, and store in a plastic bag. They will last up to 3 months.
If you have celery and carrots in your refrigerator, you’re off to a good flavorsome start to most meals. Wrap it tightly in plastic, and it will last up to two weeks in the fridge! If you find that you don’t use celery that often, store chopped celery in the freezer and use as a base for cooking.
If you’re always discarding overripe apples from your fruit bowl, start storing them in the refrigerator. They will stay crisp for up to 3 weeks.
Winter squash varieties (like butternut, acorn, and pumpkin) will last a long time when stored in a dark and dry area. When stored properly, it will keep for up to 6 months!
Many people don’t know that onions can actually be stored for up to a year. As long as the temperature ranges between 30°F and 50°F (0°C to 10°C), you can hang them in your basement, and have fresh onions all year long!