You can store vegetables in so many ways that sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees. I regularly have to look up again whether or not a bunch of carrots should be put in the fridge or how I should keep a crop of endive again.
Fortunately, there is a handy rule on how you can best save vegetables. This way you immediately know which vegetables should be stored in the refrigerator and which ones should not. Below you will find a handy overview so that you too know from now on how you can best store vegetables.
With pre-cut vegetables, it is easy, because you always keep it in the fridge. It does not matter what kind of vegetables it is, if you buy it pre-sliced it must be in the fridge. It is not for nothing that the store is also located in the refrigerator compartment.
It is also important that you never use pre-cut vegetables after the expiry date. Even though the vegetables may still look good, they can already be full of bacteria. Personally I only buy it ‘in emergencies’ and I prefer to cut my vegetables myself.
Leafy vegetables and stem vegetables
Leafy vegetables such as endive, spinach, chicory, and lettuce should be kept in the fridge. This keeps them the tastiest and crispest. Leafy vegetables are fortunately easy to recognize, indeed by the leaves. The same applies to stem vegetables such as leeks, celery, and fennel.
In addition to leafy vegetables, cabbages must also be stored in the refrigerator. Broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts are some examples of cabbage varieties.
Fruit vegetables should be stored outside the refrigerator but in a cool place. It is best to keep these vegetables in your pantry or in another cool and dark place. Fruit vegetables will spoil faster in a refrigerator. Examples of fruit vegetables include cucumber, zucchini, bell pepper, and tomato.
Root and tuber crops
You can also store root and tuber crops outside the refrigerator, which is also best kept in a dark and cool place. Examples of root and tuber crops include carrots, parsnip, celeriac, and onion. Basically all vegetables that grow underground.
Good storage places for vegetables
Vegetables that should be stored outside the fridge are best stored in a cool and dark place. A pantry is, of course, the ideal place, for example, we have a separate drawer where we store our vegetables. But of course, not everyone has that option.
You can, of course, simply place vegetables that must be stored outside the fridge in a kitchen cabinet. Or maybe you have room in your meter cupboard, the temperature here is usually not too high and it is at least dark. A cellar or possibly an easily accessible crawl space is also an option for storing your vegetables.
If you really have no spots in the house then you can always put it on the counter. Make sure that your vegetables do not lie in the sun and possibly lay a thin tea towel over it.
How long you can store vegetables depends on the type you have. Overall, you can say that root and tuber crops stay good for a few weeks. Fruiting vegetables and cabbages have a slightly shorter shelf life and pre-cut vegetables only up to the expiry date.