How to Store Produce

green and red healthy foodAs a Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach, I’m often introducing my clients to different types of fruits and veggies to add to their diets. One of the most common questions I get is how to store all of this wonderful produce! With the bounty of summer harvest arriving, I thought now was a good time to review the best methods for storing fresh fruits and veggies.

All fruits and vegetables go through different ripening processes from the time they’re grown. During these processes a natural ethylene gas is emitted from the produce which can spread to other fruits and vegetables. It’s important to store different foods properly to reduce the chances of quick spoiling or flavor transfer.

Apples: plastic bag in the fridge

Bananas: Warm area (like your kitchen counter)

Beets: plastic bag in the fridge, keeps for 1 week

Berries: Wash in a water/vinegar bath (8 parts water, 1 part white vinegar). Drain, then store in the fridge in a container that has been lined with paper towels. Eat within a few days.

Bok Choy: crisper drawer in a plastic bag, keeps for 5 days

Broccoli: in the crisper for a few days – you can always “refresh” it with cold water

Cabbage: crisper drawer in a plastic bag, keeps for 1-2 weeks

Cauliflower: in a plastic bag in the coldest part of your fridge, keeps for 1 month

Carrots: (with tops off): crisper drawer in a plastic bag, keeps for 1-2 weeks

Celery: crisper drawer in a plastic bag, keeps for 2 weeks

Chard: plastic bag in the fridge, keeps for 2 days

Collards: crisper drawer in a plastic bag, keeps for 5 days

Corn: plastic bag in fridge with husks on, best if eaten right away

Cucumbers: warm area (like your kitchen counter)

Fresh herbs: trim 1” from stem, then place in a cup of water with a plastic bag over top the leaves. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Ginger: crisper drawer in a sealed plastic bag

Grapes: keep in fridge or freezer

Green beans: crisper drawer, perforated plastic bag or paper bag, will keep for 5 days

Kale:  crisper drawer in a plastic bag, keeps for 5 days

Lemons: plastic bag in the fridge, keeps for up to a month. You can also keep a few at room temp, those will last about a week

Lettuce/Salad Greens: sealed container lined with paper towels for 5-7 days.

Mangoes: room temperature, ripe mangoes will keep 2-3 days

Melons: room temperature, once cut up keep in the fridge for up to 3 days

Mushrooms: keep in their original packaging or a perforated plastic bag in the fridge for 5-7 days

Onions: dry, dark area, do not store in fridge

Oranges: cool area outside of fridge

Pears: room temperature

Peppers: plastic bag in the fridge, keeps for 1 week

Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes: cool area, do not store with onions/garlic

Spinach: store in plastic bag with paper towels, keep in fridge for 2-3 days

Summer Squash: plastic bag in the fridge, keeps for 5 days

Tomatoes: room temperature, will keep 2-3 days once ripe

Winter Squash: cool, dark area for up to 1 month

Did I miss your favorite fruit or vegetable? Let me know, and I’ll add it to the list!


My Summer Goal List

IMG_2187This summer is going to be different. Remember you were a kid and the summers seem to go on forever in the best way possible? Well, my most recent summer seasons have flown by with not too much fun to show for them. This year I vow to make the most of my summer! I’m a list maker, so I’m making a list of my summer goals.

Why am I writing this on a web site that’s mostly about nutrition? Part of being healthy is being happy. You could be eating the most pure whole foods diet, but if you’re not enjoying life, I wouldn’t consider you a healthy person. Holistic health is about honoring your whole life experience. For me that means I want to have a fun summer! Here’s my list of summer fun, what’s on your list?unnamed-2

  • Go to a baseball game
  • Eat lots of corn on the cob, watermelon and tomatoes
  • Try something new  – I tried stand-up paddleboard yoga for the first time (and I love it)
  • Play in or on the water – swim, kayak, paddleboard
  • Ride my bike
  • Cook on the grill
  • Go see live music outdoors
  • Drink lots of iced tea
  • Visit my family across the country
  • Yoga outside whenever possible
  • Summer reading
  • Walk barefoot in the grass
  • Explore a local park
  • Take a road trip

What’s on your summer goal list?