Here are our useful tips for storing vegetables in the refrigerator and maintaining their freshness and goodness for as long as possible.
Storing vegetables in the refrigerator seems trivial, but in reality, there are some very simple precautions to be taken to keep the vegetables fresh and delicious. Vegetables are part of the essential food for human well-being, you should eat them every day and for this reason, make sure they are fresh and of good quality. If you go to the supermarket or the vegetable counter to stock up, then, you must make sure that you store them properly.
Always keep in mind that vegetables have a “short” life: consider that it is always better to use them within a few days of purchase, in order to consume them fresh, preserving their benefits. If they are stored in the right way, you can keep them in the fridge for up to 5 days: here’s how!
How to store vegetables in the refrigerator
Very often, in a hurry, once back from the supermarket the vegetables are placed where it happens without thinking that in a few days they will go bad. Each food, on the other hand, needs its place and its wrapping to remain fresh and good over time.
First of all, a distinction must be made between the vegetables themselves: each of them has a different shelf life and therefore must be kept in a specific way. Broad-leaf vegetables, such as lettuce or endive, tend to blacken quickly. Vegetables such as cucumbers, courgettes, or carrots, on the other hand, have a longer shelf life. This distinction is useful in trying to identify which foods you will have to consume first and which will wait.
As for the storage of the product in the refrigerator, you should definitely not use nylon shopping bags. This, unfortunately, is the most common mistake made for rushing things. As soon as you arrive home, remove all the plastic materials from the packaging and throw them away. You have to use clean cotton tea towels or alternatively paper bags will be fine. These are ideal because they allow vegetables to breathe and retain their freshness.
In addition, you should never put too many vegetables together inside a bag or a tea towel, because it is important that there is space to breathe. The second element to be respected is the position in the fridge: the refrigerator drawers, those at the base, are made especially for storing vegetables. And it is no coincidence because in those drawers there is the ideal degree of refrigeration for these easily perishable products.
How to store already cut vegetables
It then happens that we have to keep some vegetables already cut because maybe we have prepared a larger dose than what is actually served in the kitchen for our recipes. Calculate that in this case, the duration is even shorter: let’s talk about a few hours!
In some cases it is better to wrap the food with cling film: this is the case, for example, with the onion, which would otherwise wither in a few days more quickly (and the smell would invade the fridge). Then pay attention to the vegetables that oxidize quickly: an avocado, for example, after being cut will begin to blacken, so remember to eat it quickly, or you will have to throw it away. Advice? Prepare delicious guacamole! Generally, in this case, it would be better to put them in the freezer if you do not plan to use them shortly.
How to store vegetables cooked in the fridge
The same goes for cooked vegetables. It often happens to prepare side dishes or soups in large quantities and to advance them at the end of a lunch or dinner. Obviously, even in this case, it is possible to store the vegetables, but the advice is not to go beyond 2-3 days. In this case, you can use special bags to save freshness, were to seal the advanced vegetables so as to find them very good even after a couple of days.
In the case of minestrone, then, you can transfer it in hermetic resealable containers, so as not to leave it exposed.