Vegetables should be enjoyed as close to their harvest times as possible, of course, but some varieties enjoy a prolonged shelf life when allowed to chill out.
Nobody can avoid being thrifty, especially these days. When buying in bulk, or just to save a few trips to the market, here are some refrigeration times to keep in mind to get the most enjoyment from your veggies.
1. Lettuce – True veggie lovers always have this versatile vegetable around. It can be stored in the crisper of your refrigerator for 7 to 10 days. Make sure the drawer temperature and humidity are properly adjusted; nobody likes frosted or overly saggy leafy greens in their salad
2. Zucchini – You can keep this summer squash in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your fridge for up to five days. Remember not to wash it before storing; once washed, it should be soon used.
3. Eggplant – Interestingly, this vegetable was once believed to be a love potion. A particular species of eggplant does resemble a phallus, maybe this is where the connection comes from. Eggplant can be safely left in the fridge for up to a week.
4. Leeks – Believed to be introduced by the Romans during their reign and conquests around Europe, leeks were most likely acquired from trading with the Middle East where they thrive best. This veggie makes a great addition to potato dishes for extra taste; also excellent in soup. Leeks should last 7 to 10 days in the fridge.
5. Radishes – These come in a variety of different shapes, colors, and sizes, and they can be eaten either raw or cooked. If you’re constipated, this vegetable could be a good remedy; its fiber is good for bowel movement and it may help prevent hemorrhoids, diarrhea and stomach aches. Store radishes in your fridge for 7-10 days.
6. Asparagus – Although this vegetable can make urine smell bad, most folks don’t seem to care—it tastes so good! It is worth noting, however, that some of our bodies turn asparagusic acid into methanethiol, which is closely linked to what makes skunk spray smell like it does. You can refrigerate asparagus for up to 10 days.
7. Carrots – In colder climates, these can be left on the ground until needed. They actually produce a chemical to stay healthy, most likely the reason why carrots can remain untouched for up to a month in the fridge. Just make sure they are kept in sealed plastic bags.
8. Cauliflower – Although delicious, this veggie should be avoided by anyone with thyroid problems. It can interfere with the absorption of iodine. Mark Twain referred to the cauliflower as a “cabbage with college degree,” because they both belong to the same family despite their very different appearances. Could it be because of its curd’s brain-like look? In any event, keep cauliflower fresh in the icebox for up to a week.
9. Brussels Sprouts – Resembling little cabbages, this vegetable got its name from the place in Europe where it was originally cultivated in abundance. The U.S. has an annual production of 70 million pounds of this veggie. Interestingly, Brussels sprouts pair well with chestnuts. They will keep for 7 to 10 days in the refrigerator.
10. Celery – A Bloody Mary isn’t as iconic without one of these vegetable stalks as a garnish. It’s a dieter’s favorite because it takes more calories to digest celery than its actual calorie content. Keep it crispy in the fridge for up to 10 days.
With these tips in mind, you should easily be enjoying your greens (and other colors) on the days you want them … winter, spring, fall or summer.
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