With so much produce at our fingertips this season, it’s time for a refresher on the proper way to store various fruits and vegetables. Fruits that give off high levels of ethylene (the ripening agent) can prematurely ripen and spoil surrounding vegetables. Here are the best ways to store apples, tomatoes, fresh basil, and many, many more varieties of fresh produce.
- For Vegetables: Before storing, remove ties and rubber bands and trim any leafy ends.
- A dozen tomatoes, six or seven ears of corn, crisp greens, a pound of peaches — it’s quite a sight to lay it all out on the countertop and plan for the week ahead.
- Leave an inch to keep the vegetable from drying out.