Our neighborhood farmers’ market hasn’t reopened yet for the season, but we already have a fridge full of spring vegetables. It seemed like a good time to put together a list of tips for storing various vegetables without plastic!
Beets, Radishes and Turnips‐ cutting the tops off keeps the roots firm and flavorful. Keep in an open container with a wet towel on top.
Asparagus‐ does not need to be in the fridge! Place them loosely in a glass or jar upright with water at room temperature.
Summer Squash‐ can sit out on the counter for a few days, even after cut.
Arugula, Lettuce and other Greens‐ should not stay wet! Dunk in cold water and spin or lay flat to dry. Place dry greens in an open container, wrapped with a dry towel to absorb any extra moisture.
Basil‐ is difficult to store well. Basil does not like the cold, or to be wet for that matter. The best method here is an airtight container/jar loosely packed with a small damp piece of paper inside‐left out on a cool counter.
Onion‐ store in a cool, dark and dry, place‐ good air circulation is best, so don’t stack them.