The Gentleman Farmer

Produce Storage Guide

              

Storing your produce: All of the produce from The Gentleman Farmer is rinsed once harvested, and then bunched or bagged and stored in a refrigerator under big plastic bags until ready to be boxed. Once boxed your veggies are still put under big plastic bags in their boxes to keep fresh. Here are some tips to keep your veggies fresh at home.


Please note we have been conservative with our length of freshness estimates, particularly with the leafy greens. 


GREENS- Many of your loose greens will come in a bag.  We suggest you re-rinse and spin dry your greens and then re-bag them or at least keep them in plastic. The drier they are once they are put in bags the longer they will last.

Arugula- (bagged) refrigerate up to 3 days

Arugula- (bunched with roots) refrigerate 5 days; wrap roots in damp paper towel before bagging.

Kale - (bag) refrigerate 3-5 days

Lettuce - (loose or mixed leaf bagged) refrigerate 5 days to 1 week.

Lettuce - (head, bagged) refrigerate 5 days to 1 week.

Mustards - (bagged) refrigerate 3 days

Spinach - (bagged) rinse and refrigerate up to 3 days



VEGETABLES-
 Generally with vegetables that have green tops to them such as beets or carrots, you will want to separate the tops immediately. Some tops are edible others you can compost. Taking tops off will prolong the freshness of the vegetable.

Beets- refrigerate, separate the tops from the beet itself. Store beets in plastic bags will last up to 3 weeks.

Beet greens- can be rinsed, spun dry and then bagged. They will stay fresh for up to 3 days.

Bell peppers - refrigerate; red, yellow and orange up to 5 days; green 1 week

Bok Choy - (bag) refrigerate up to 3 days

Broccoli - (bag) up to 1 week.

Brussels Sprouts - (bag) up to 1 week

Cabbage - (bag) refrigerate green and red cabbage up to 2 weeks, savoy and napa cabbage up to 1 week.

Carrots- (bag, remove tops) refrigerate up to 1 week.

Cauliflower - (bag) refrigerate up to 1 week.

Celery - (bag) refrigerate up to 1 week.

Chard, swiss or rainbow, (rinse and spin dry, then bag) refrigerate up to 3 days.

Chili peppers, fresh refrigerate up to 2 weeks

Corn, unshucked - refrigerate up to 3 days

Cucumbers - refrigerate up to 5 days

Eggplant - refrigerate up to 5 days

Fennel - refrigerate up to 1 week, bagging is optional

Green Beans - (bag) refrigerate up to 1 week

Herbs, leafy - (rinse, spin dry and bag) refrigerate up to 3 days

Herbs, woody eg rosemary and thyme - (bag) refrigerate up to 2 weeks.

Leeks -refrigerate up to 1 week. Can cut off the dark green top and keep the white, root in tact in a bag.

Okra - refrigerate in paper bag up to 3 days

Onions - pantry up to 2 months (make sure air can circulate around them), cut onion should be bagged and refrigerated up to 4 days.

Parsnips - refrigerate up to 1 month

Peas, English and in pods, refrigerate up to 4 days. Leave peas in pods until ready to eat.

Potatoes, Yukon golds, pantry up to 3 weeks (making sure air can circulate)

Radishes - remove tops, rinse and store in bag, refrigerate up to 2 weeks

Squash, summer - refrigerate up to 5 days

Squash, winter - pantry, up to 3 months.ecolodgebelize Once cut it can stay in the refrigerator up to 1 week bagged.

Sweet potatoes and yams - pantry up to 2 weeks in paper bag

Tomatillos - refrigerate up to one month in a paper bag

Tomatoes - countertop up to 3 days

Turnips - (rinse, separate leaves from roots and bag) refrigerate up to 2 weeks

Zucchini - refrigerate up to 5 days

 

 

Revised TGF June 12 2013

 

 

 

 

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