Storing Vegetables | Eat More Veggies | Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Tracker

Get the most out of your veggies! Follow this handy guide to become familiar with each veggie’s favorite place to hang, maximizing shelf life and flavor.

Crisper Drawer

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Lettuces, Leafy Greens, Asparagus, Broccoli & Brussels Sprouts:

  • Soak for 10-20 minutes in very cold water
  • Wrap in damp paper towels before placing in the drawer
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Beets, Cabbage & Cauliflower:

  • If whole, place directly in the drawer of your refrigerator
  • If sliced, store in a sealed bag or container before storing
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  • Separate from other fruits and veggies by storing in a bag – paper, plastic or fabric will do!

Refrigerator Shelf

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Summer Squash, Peppers, Zucchini, Fresh Beans & Eggplant

  • Rinse clean, and pat dry with a clean cloth, then place in refrigerator
  • Store loose beans in a bag
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  • Wipe away dirt with a clean cloth before storing
  • Store in a paper bag on the refrigerator shelf
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New Potatoes (Thin-Skinned)

  • Scrub with a clean, dry cloth before refrigerating
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Onion Family (Alliums: Onion, Garlic, Leeks, Shallots & Chives)

Pantry & Countertop

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Sweet Potatoes & Thick-Skinned Potatoes

  • Scrub clean with a clean, dry cloth
  • Store in the pantry, away from light
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Onion Family (Alliums: Onion, Garlic, Leeks, Shallots & Chives)

  • If there’s no room in the refrigerator, onions and garlic can be stored long-term away from direct light and heat
  • Use leeks and chives within 2 days of harvesting or purchasing