The fact that June and July are behind us and we’re into August doesn’t mean Summer isn’t still going strong. Terra’s Kitchen wants to help you store your favorite summer fruits and vegetables in the way that brings out their best attributes, and has created this handy infographic to do the trick.
To store in the fridge:
- Bell Peppers: Refrigerate loose in the fridge.
- Berries: Either eat them the day you get them, or you must refrigerate, as they are highly perishable.
- Eggplant: Store loose in the produce drawer of the refrigerator and branch out and try all of the amazing sizes and colors. If you are not a lover of this nightshade, we are sorry for what you are missing!!
- Sweet Corn: Refrigerate in their husk until ready to use and keep in mind that should be sooner than later as the sugars begin to turn to starch as soon as they are picked.
To store on the counter:
- Apricots: No matter how strong is the urge to refrigerate these beauties, store unripe on the counter or windowsill at room temperature.
- Garlic: Do not refrigerate and keep them on the counter or in a basket alongside your onions.
- Mushrooms: They are full of water and need to breathe, so store in the original packaging, or if in a cluster, in a brown paper bag. If only using a portion of them re-wrap the top in plastic wrap or keep in bag.
- Onions: Keep them dry in a basket on the counter.
- Cherry Tomatoes: Tomatoes should never be refrigerated as it spoils their unique individual flavor. Keep on the counter until ripe and then use in rapid abandonment once they are.