Produce Storage Guidelines
Produce Storage Guidelines
As stated on
, foods cost money. Refrigerator Food Storage
Increasing fuel prices also drives up the cost of food. It makes good sense to take care of the food you spend your hard earned money on.
Information on knowing how to store food correctly will prolong the life of your food. It also reduces the risk of E-coli and salmonella, which keeps you and your family safe and healthy.
You become a five star restaurant with proper refrigerator food storage:
Safe food to eat Most of the nutrients remain Your health is improved by eating healthy food Texture and flavor are retained Save money by not wasting food
Use the handy chart below to help you get the most from your food!
Produce Storage Guidelines Refrigerator Storage Information
The Recommended Storage Times (RST) below are based on storage temperature of 37°F.
Produce Guidelines Chart
Food Item RST Handling Tips Fruits: n/a n/a Apples 1 to 3 weeks Get rid of bruised or decayed fruit. Bananas 1-3 days Refrigerate only when fully ripe. Berries, Cherries 1-2 days Store in moisture resistant bag or wrap. Citrus 3 weeks Do not wash before storing -- moisture may encourage spoiling. Juices Bottled, reconstituted, frozen, canned (6 days) Keep tightly covered. Transfer canned juice to plastic or glass container if not used within one day.
Do not return unused juice to container (prevents bacteria growth).
Melons 1 week Wrap uncut pieces to prevent odor spreading to other foods and retain moisture. Vegetables n/a n/a Asparagus 1-2 days Keep stems moist. Beans (green or wax) 1-2 days Keep in crisper in moisture proof bags or wrap. Beets, carrots, radishes 1-2 weeks Remove leafy tops. Keep in crisper. Corn in husks 1-2 days Store in crisper. Lettuce (unwashed) 5-7 days Keep in moisture proof wrap, bag or lettuce keeper. Lettuce (washed/drained) 3-5 days Store away from other produce to prevent russet spotting. Mushrooms (fresh) 1-2 days Do not wash before storing. Onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams Indefinite Refrigeration not necessary. Store in cool, dry location (cupboard or pantry). Shredded cabbage, leaf and bib lettuce, salad greens 1-2 days Store in moisture resistant wrap or bag. Tomatoes 1-2 days Ripen at room temperature away from direct sun. Refrigerate. Unshelled peas, limas, spinach 3-5 days Keep in crisper in moisture-resistant wrap or bags.
I hope you found these produce storage guidelines helpful!
[Note: Information obtained from Texas Agricultural Extension Service, The Texas A&M University System]
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