Storage Life

How long will it last at home?

Storage Temperature

What Temperature Should I Store My Vegetables?

Storage Container

What Should I Store My Vegetables In?

Tips for extra Shelf life

What other tricks can I do to make my vegetables stay fresh?

39F in refrigerator

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Broccoli

This includes big broccoli crowns and sprouting broccoli

Storage Life

5 days, store in perforated plastic bag in vegetable crisper

Storage Temperature

Special Tips

Ethylene sensitive. Exposure to ethylene gas hastens yellowing of the broccoli buds.

39F in refrigerator

39F in refrigerator

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Cabbage

This includes all head cabbage, green and purple

Storage Life

2-3 Weeks in vegetable crisper

Storage Temperature

Special Tips

Ethylene sensitive. Exposure to ethylene gas hastens leaf separation & discolouration. Cabbage will absorb odours from apples and pears.

39F in refrigerator

39F in refrigerator

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Beets

All Varieties of beets

Storage Life

3-4 Weeks Covered

Storage Temperature

Special Tips

Remove tops before storing (sauté tops).

39F in refrigerator

39F in refrigerator

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Corn

All Varieties of Carrots, winter carrots add a few months to storage life

Storage Life

In husks for 2 to 3 days. Husked for 1 to 2 days, wrapped in a damp towel.

Storage Temperature

Special Tips

Corn will absorb odours from green onions. It is best to use fresh corn-on-the-cob as soon as possible because once picked the natural sugars turn to starch quickly.

39F in refrigerator

39F in refrigerator

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Carrots

All Varieties of Carrots, winter carrots add a few months to storage life

Storage Life

3-4 Weeks Covered

Storage Temperature

Special Tips

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39F in refrigerator

39F in refrigerator

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Cucumbers

Softness varies with variety

Storage Life

1 week

Storage Temperature

Special Tips

Ethylene sensitive. Exposure to ethylene will turn cucumbers yellow.

39F in refrigerator

39F in refrigerator

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Eggplant

All varieties

Storage Life

5 Days

Storage Temperature

Special Tips

Ethylene sensitive. Eggplant will absorb odors produced by ginger root.

39F in refrigerator

39F in refrigerator

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Garlic

Cured.....Fresh garlic must be stored in refrigeration and last for 10 days

Storage Life

 Several months in a dry, cool, dark, well ventilated location

Storage Temperature

Special Tips

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Room Temperature

39F in refrigerator

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Greens

Greens Lettuce varieties (including: iceberg, romaine, Boston, Bibb, green & red leaf, spinach) Other varieties (including: collards, dandelion greens, kale, mustard greens, Swiss chard, turnip greens

Storage Life

Up to one week 

Storage Temperature

Special Tips

Wrap fresh greens in damp paper towel and place in a perforated plastic bag and refrigerate. 

39F in refrigerator

39F in refrigerator

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Brussel Sprouts

Can also store whole stalk in refrigerator

Storage Life

5 days, store in perforated plastic bag in vegetable crisper

Storage Temperature

Special Tips

Ethylene sensitive. Exposure to ethylene gas hastens yellowing and can cause leaf separation.

39F in refrigerator

39F in refrigerator

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Basil

Includes all varieties of basil

Storage Life

Up to 5 days

Storage Temperature

Special Tips

place them in a glass or jar of water, just like cut flowers. Loosely cover it with a plastic bag and leave it on the counter.

Room Temperature

39F in refrigerator

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Mushrooms

Can also store whole stalk in refrigerator

Storage Life

5 days in paper bag

Storage Temperature

Special Tips

Mushrooms will absorb odours from green onions. Just before using, rinse in cool water (do not soak), or wipe with a damp cloth or soft vegetable brush; spend extra time cleaning underside. Mushrooms bruise easily - do not store other vegetables on top of them.

39F in refrigerator

39F in refrigerator

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Green Onions, Scallions, Leeks

Alliums produce ethylene which degrades other vegetables' shelf life

Storage Life

2-3 Weeks

Storage Temperature

Special Tips

Ethylene producer. Tightly wrap any cut pieces of onion and store away from other produce.

39F in refrigerator

39F in refrigerator

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Parsnips

Cool dark place is also adequate

Storage Life

1-2 months

Storage Temperature

Special Tips

Cool dark place in a single layer and mesh bag.

39F in refrigerator

39F in refrigerator

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Peas

Applies to snow, sugar and snap

Storage Life

2-4 days loosely in plastic

Storage Temperature

Special Tips

Ethylene sensitive.

39F in refrigerator

39F in refrigerator

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Peppers

Sweet varieties

Storage Life

1 week

Storage Temperature

Special Tips

Ethylene sensitive.

39F in refrigerator

39F in refrigerator

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Peppers (Hot)

Jalapeño, serrano, habanero, Cayenne etc.

Storage Life

1-2 weeks

Storage Temperature

Special Tips

Ethylene sensitive.

39F in refrigerator

39F in refrigerator

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Early Potatoes (New)

Hand dug in Late June-Early July for thin skins and lower starch content

Storage Life

1 week

Storage Temperature

Special Tips

New potatoes can be refrigerated. Potatoes will absorb odors produced by pears.

39F in refrigerator

39F in refrigerator

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Potatoes Mature

Cool dark place is also adequate

Storage Life

1 to 2 months in paper bag, in a dry, cool, dark, well ventilated location

Storage Temperature

Special Tips

If mature potatoes are refrigerated dark spots can occur and an unpleasant sweet flavour will develop when cooked. If kept in warm temperatures, potatoes will sprout and shrivel. Exposure to light causes potatoes to turn green. Trim any green area away before cooking. Discard potatoes with green skin

Room Temperature

39F in refrigerator

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Radishes

All varieties

Storage Life

2 weeks

Storage Temperature

Special Tips

Remove tops before storing. Can sauté tops if they do not have small spines on greens.

39F in refrigerator

39F in refrigerator

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Rutabaga

Cool dark place is also adequate

Storage Life

1-2 weeks at room temperature

Storage Temperature

Special Tips

N/A

4 weeks in refrigerator

39F in refrigerator

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Summer Squash

Includes zucchini, paddy pan, yellow squashes

Storage Life

1 week

Storage Temperature

Special Tips

Can store slightly warmer than 39F is possible to avoid cold damage

39F in refrigerator

39F in refrigerator

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Tomatoes

Includes slicers, heirlooms, cherries, plum, paste

Storage Life

3 to 4 days, uncovered, out of direct sunlight, until ripe;

Storage Temperature

Special Tips

Room temperature until desired ripeness. To hasten ripening process place in same bag as ethylene producing fruit.

39F in refrigerator in order to stop ripening; however will affect the flavor negatively

39F in refrigerator

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Winter Squash

Includes Butternuts, Acorn, Delicata, Spaghetti, Hubbard, Kabocha, Pie Pumpkin

Storage Life

A few months, depending on variety in a cool, dark place

Storage Temperature

Special Tips

Ethylene sensitive. Hubbard squash and other dark skinned squash turn orange-yellow in the presence of ethylene gas. Cured winter squash will last 2 – 6 months in cool temperature. Winter squash have a thick skin and need to be trimmed and peeled before preparing and eating. Most varieties also need to be seeded.

Room Temperature