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2022 Food Box #11- How to store your vegetables.

Updated: Aug 10, 2022

Lettuce and Cucumber- Vegetables with a higher percentage of moisture like lettuce and cucumbers have shorter storage times and need refrigeration. Lettuce requires proper air circulation and little moisture so after washing your lettuce leaves, pat them dry and store in a plastic container lined with paper towel on the bottom. Cucumbers are similar and require similar storage. After washing your cucumber, pat dry and loosely wrap in paper towel and place in a plastic bag or container. Keep your cucumbers separate from other vegetables for best storage life. Fresh Garlic- Fresh garlic does not need to be refrigerated until the cloves are peeled from their skin. Store your fresh garlic bulbs in a cool, dark place. You do not want to store your garlic in an airtight container or plastic bag as this will cause them to rot faster due to moisture. Instead try storing your garlic in mesh bags or an open container with no lid to allow for proper air circulation. Tomatoes- Tomatoes should be stored in an open container uncovered on the counter. Once they have reached peak ripe-ness you will want to either use them within a couple days or refrigerate in an open air container. Refrigeration will slow down the decay of the tomatoes, but they should be stored at room temperature until this decaying process has started.

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