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April 27, 2012
12:24 pm
Monroe WA
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Hi.  What are people using in the fridge to store fruit and vegetables in the crisper.  My greens wilt fast and cucumbers absorb flavors once cut. Thanks!

April 28, 2012
6:49 am
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January 17, 2012

I'd put cucumbers in an airtight glass container. 

I'm not sure what kind of greens you buy, but I keep celery and kale in glasses of water -- just like a vase of flowers -- and they last for ages.  This should work for anything with a stem.  Lettuce can be kept in shallow water too, but won't keep nearly as long.

April 28, 2012
9:57 am
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Hi.  A while back I reprinted a long list from the Berkeley Ecology Center on how to store produce without plastic:


Personally, I store carrots, celery, and radishes immersed in water in a big stainless steel container in my refrigerator.  They stay crisp for a long time that way.  One reader wondered if the water doesn't leach nutrients, and I don't know the answer to that, so I would just say eat them as quickly as you can.  Don't store them for weeks.


Also, I second the suggestion to store leafy greens with the ends in water like a bouquet.  I do that with chard, Kale, and all other greens.  One thing I just noticed about my kale, though, is that it started to turn yellow fairly quickly.  So I'm just wondering if it's a vegetable that needs to be eaten soon after its cut to preserve the nutrients.


For cut veggies like cucumbers, I would put them in an airtight glass container after cutting them to prevent them from picking up other smells from the refrigerator.  I think I'll do a post soon showing the inside of my refrigerator.

April 28, 2012
12:28 pm
Monroe WA
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April 27, 2012

Thank you.  I am not sure I have the space to store vegetables upright in glass jars.  I can just see my family members knocking those over!  But I will see about the water bath to find some good containers.  Does anyone use breathable, cloth produce bags to good success?

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