4. Root Vegetables
Carrots, potatoes, onions, and yams are root vegetables. These veggies retain freshness when stored in a cool, dark, dry place. Carrots do well in the refrigerator. However, potatoes and onions will last longer if stored away from the chilly, highly humid interior of your fridge. Harvest Right advises storing onions and potatoes in baskets or mesh bags that protect the veggies from light and humidity. Woven baskets, such as these from Gardener’s Supply Company, allow you to store potatoes and onions on your countertop while protecting them from light. Make sure to store onions and potatoes in separate baskets.
Pumpkins and squash can last one to three months at room temperature. Avoid placing these vegetables in the refrigerator, as the humidity can hasten spoiling. If you keep squash on your kitchen counter, place it well away from your bowl of apples or pears. This prevents the ethylene gases released by these fruits from causing your squash to decay.
2. Sweet Corn
Sweet corn tastes best when served fresh. If you are storing sweet corn for future use, avoid removing the husks until you are about to cook the corn. Cold air can cause your ears of corn to dry out more quickly. Therefore, you should avoid storing sweet corn in the coldest parts of the refrigerator. Keeping your sweet corn in the warmer, front section of your fridge may help keep it fresh longer. Plan to cook your sweet corn within one to three days of purchase. Allrecipes has a tasty recipe for Jamie’s Sweet and Easy Corn on the Cob.
Tomatoes ripen and taste the most flavorful at room temperature. Once they have fully ripened or are heading toward overripe status, you can store them in the refrigerator. Keeping a bowl of cherry tomatoes on your countertop means a tasty, healthy snack is always within reach. To speed up the ripening of green tomatoes, place them in a paper bag with an apple or a banana. Of course, if you have an abundance of green tomatoes, you can always try Allrecipes’ instructions for Best Fried Green Tomatoes.Related: How to Keep Milk at Its Freshest