Storing Your Produce

Getting the Most Out of Your Bin

Storing Greens: Did you know greens such as lettuce, chard, and beet greens need to stay hydrated to keep crisp? Adding a bit of water to dampen greens and storing them in glass or plastic container will keep your greens looking fresher, longer. In fact, we have kept lettuce for up to 2 weeks by wetting and storing in a salad spinner. We know its not usually recommended, but we do wash our lettuce and greens in the salad spinner on the day of delivery and store the entire spinner in the refrigerator. Do not tear lettuce leaves or delicate greens until you are ready to serve. Since collard greens and kale are more fibrous, you are able to cut these greens for storage. This makes prepping at mealtime quick and easy.

Storing Root Veggies: Root veggies need to be kept dry for storage. Cutting off their greens the day of delivery is VERY important. Roots will soften and greens will go limp if they are not separated soon after harvesting. Cut off tops and follow the instructions above. Never wash the root veggies prior to storage, just dry and place in your refrigerator drawer. Wash thoroughly when prepping your meal.

How Carrots Break the Root Rules: As a root vegetable, most would be inclined to cut off tops and keep dry but carrots need moisture to keep firm. Cut tops off and follow instructions above. Wash carrot roots and store in a plastic or glass container. Carrots can stay for weeks this way. You can even submerge limp carrots in water and place in the refrigerator to give them new life! If you choose to place the carrots in a plastic bag instead of a container, be sure to add some holes to the bag (think of how they are stored at the grocery store — a long narrow bag with small circular holes punched out).

Tomatoes: The best way to store tomatoes is upside down at room temperature.Yes, I said upside down! Cook’s Illustrated kitchen tested tomatoes, storing stem-end up and stem-end down. At room temperature, they found that tomatoes right side up rotted much more quickly than stem-down tomatoes. However, tomatoes on the vine or tomatoes with a small stem should be stored stem up.




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