Fresh Vegetable Storage

Do not wash vegetables before storing them
Store vegetables unwashed until you are ready to eat them. Many vegetables have a protective coating that will help keep them fresher for longer.

Slow down dehydration
The crisper section of your refrigerator helps vegetables retain moisture. Some fresh vegetables also benefit from storage in perforated plastic bags or containers, which help to slow the drying out process.

Extended shelf life

We have had great results extending the shelf life of most vegetables by 1-2 weeks using PEAKfresh Produce Packs. Click here to add to your cart. They are more expensive than regular plastic bags but can be rinsed and re-used.

For more about the ripening process - and which fruits and vegetables not to store together - click here!

Refrigeration Tips

Here are some quick and useful refrigeration tips that will help you preserve flavour and crispness when storing fresh vegetables and fruit.

Ripen before refrigeration

Some fruits such as avocadoes, mangoes, pawpaw, pears, plums and tomatoes need to ripen before refrigeration in order for their full flavour to develop.  You should ripen them out of direct sunlight, at room temperature, and then refrigerate. Peaches and rockmelons ripen in the fridge but more slowly than at room temperature.

Do not refrigerate

Do not refrigerate bananas, garlic, potatoes, onions, whole pumpkins or pineapples.

Prevent dehydration
even in the fridge
Fridges have relatively low humidity which can quickly dry out fruits and vegetables, but loose  plastic bags, or containers slows dehydration.

Temperature variation in your refrigerator
The temperature in your fridge varies – the bottom, where the crisper is, is the warmest position. In addition to your actual thermostat setting, the number of times your fridge door is opened and how fully it is stacked affect temperature. Some produce is best stored in the crisper, and some produce keeps better in the higher, cooler parts of your fridge.

Store in crisper

These fruits and vegetables require cold temperatures - store in the crisper section of your refrigerator:

• avocado
• beans
• capsicum
• chokos
• cucumber
• eggplant
• mangoes
• passionfruit
• pawpaw
• squash
• tomatoes
• zucchini

Store in higher parts of the fridge
These fruits and vegetables prefer even colder temperatures - so store in the higher parts of your fridge:

• apples
• apricots
• beetroot (remove tops)
• broccoli
• brussel sprouts
• cabbage
• carrots
• celery
• cherries
• cauliflower
• grapes
• lettuce
• mushrooms
• parsnips
• peaches
• pears
• plums
• radish (remove tops)
• rhubarb
• silverbeet
• sweet corn
• turnips

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