by Purple Carrot

Ingredients will stay fresh longer if you store them properly. And while it sounds simple, a lot of people don’t know what goes where. So we’ve compiled a handy guide to help.

First, things first: Some foods go in the fridge, others on the countertop. If any of your countertop items arrive perfectly ripe, though, store them in the refrigerator instead.

 

Vegetables

Countertop

Refrigerator
Shelf

Refrigerator
Crisper Drawer

Basil

Artichoke Beets, Turnips, Radishes

Garlic

Asparagus

Broccoli

Hard Squash

Cucumber

Carrots

Onions

Eggplant Cauliflower

Potatoes

Green Beans

Corn

Mushrooms

Lettuce/Leafy Greens

Peppers

Summer/Yellow Squash

Zucchini

Fruits

Countertop

Refrigerator Shelf

Refrigerator Crisper Drawer

Apricots

Cut fruit (in a sealed container)

Apples

Avocados

Berries

Bananas

Citrus

Guava

Grapes

Kiwi

Mangoes

Melons

Nectarines

Papaya

Peaches

Plums

Tomatoes

TIPS

  • If you receive an underripe avocado or mango, store it in a brown bag next to an apple or banana. Apple and bananas (and many other fruits) produce ethylene gas, which can help other fruits ripen faster.
  • Apples can be kept on the counter but will last longer in the fridge.

 

Greens

Hearty Greens

Delicate Greens

Examples Lacinato kale, Swiss chard, bok choy, and gai lan) arugula, baby spinach, Arcadian greens and other lettuces
How to wash Rinse with cold water No washing necessary—these are usually triple-washed
How to store Store in an unsealed plastic bag in the fridge Store in unsealed plastic bag in the fridge, with a paper towel included to absorb condensation
Optional If you like, you can also wrap the stems with a damp paper towel

Herbs

Tender herbs Hardy herbs
Examples cilantro, dill, mint, parsley oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme
How to wash Rinse with cold water
How to store Wrap loosely in a damp paper towel and store in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge Wrap loosely in a damp paper towel and store in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge
Optional If you prefer, you can also store these herbs in a glass of water in the fridge If you prefer, you can also store these herbs in a glass of water in the fridge

TIP

  • Basil is an exception. Store basil on the counter, in a glass jar (or drinking glass) filled with enough water to cover the bottom of the stems.

Meat & Dairy Alternatives

Product

Field Roast® sausages

Uptons Naturals Seitan

Tempeh

Forager Project® Organic Dairy-Free Cashewmilk Yogurt

Vegenaise

Where to store Store in freezer or refrigerator Store in freezer or refrigerator Store in refrigerator Store in refrigerator Store in refrigerator
Expiration Last about 65 days unopened & refrigerated; lasts 3-4 days if outer casing is opened Lasts 3-4 days once opened Generally keeps in the fridge for up to 10 days once opened Lasts 3-7 days in fridge once opened Good until best by date even if opened
Tips Can be frozen and later thawed in fridge Can be frozen and later thawed in fridge Spotting on tempeh is normal and safe to consume (black and grey is a-ok!) Foul smell and curdling can indicate spoilage Will keep for 24 hrs outside fridge