By: Amanda Scott; Program Specialist, The Texas A&M System
To make sure that your fresh fruits and vegetables stay safe to eat, it is important to store them properly. Safe storage can help you prevent foodborne illness and keep healthy.
Fresh fruits and vegetables should be stored unwashed. In fact, it is best to wash fruits and vegetables just before they are eaten or prepared. This will help prevent spoilage and mold growth during storage.
However, some fruits and vegetables may be very dirty after harvest. If so, rinse and dry them well before storing and be sure to wash them properly before they are eaten or prepared.
If you buy pre-cut fruits and vegetables, refrigerate them immediately. Store them in the refrigerator crisper in sealed packages, plastic bags or clean, air-tight containers.
For whole fruits and vegetables that are recommended for refrigerator storage, perforated plastic bags work well. Store those fruits and vegetables in the bags in the produce drawer of the refrigerator.
Room-temperature storage conditions for fruits and vegetables should be dry, cool and dark. Ideally, the temperature should be from 50 to 70 degrees F. Higher temperatures speed up deterioration.
For fresh fruits and vegetables, follow the storage tips on the table below.
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