Knowing how to keep your produce fresh can be tricky. To make your life easier, here are a few tips on vegetables that are likely on your grocery list. And surprisingly, they all do better without the fridge!
Storing tomatoes in the fridge can actually alter their texture and taste, and make them dull. This is because tomatoes are highly sensitive to cold temperatures and will react to their environment even after being picked. Instead, try to keep them at room temperature.
Potatoes last longest when kept in a cool, dark, and dry place. Refrigeration can cause the starches in potatoes to convert into sugars, affecting their flavor, texture, and even nutritional value. A cool pantry or a basket is an ideal spot for them.
Onions are another vegetable that doesn’t do well in the fridge. Cold, damp conditions can lead to sprouting and loss of flavor. They’ll do best in a dry, well-ventilated area.
Fresh herbs like basil are prone to chilling injury in the fridge, which can turn the leaves black. Instead, trim the stems, place them in a glass with water like cut flowers, and keep them at room temperature. This easy trick will keep your herbs fresh twice as long!