A-Z Produce Storage Guide

Tips & tricks on how best to store your produce
from our farm to your family

 

Love your Good Harvest produce even more by using our storage tips to make it last!

Fruit

Apples 🍎

Definitely best in the fridge! They will stay fresher for longer if kept cool :)

Avocado 🥑

Typically these arrive to us the day after being picked so can take up to a week or ten days to ripen, keep them in the fruit bowl next to the bananas. When cut, store halves wrapped in a wax wrap in the fridge. Can be made into guacamole and frozen or my favourite - avocado chocolate mousse stored in the freezer!

Bananas 🍌

Ripen in the fruit bowl on the bench, these will ripen quickly if it is warm and sunny. Freeze in little pieces for later use in smoothies and for ice cream treats.

Citrus (Oranges, Mandarins, Lemons, Limes, Grapefruit) 🍋

Best kept in the fridge! The idea of a fruit bowl full of oranges on the table works well for cool weather climates, but for us, even in winter it is best to keep citrus in the fridge to help retian it's juiciness and firm skin.

Strawberries 🍓

Organic strawberries are not treated with any post harvest chemicals which means they will need to be eaten soooner than their conventional counterparts. We suggest storing these in a glass jar in the fridge and eating with 3 days.

Pineapples 🍍

The pineapples we get are a hybrid variety, which means they stay quite green on the outside even when ripe. Best way to see if they are ready is to smell the end for sweetness. Keept these on the bench to ripen, and when ready, store cut fruit in the fridge either in a container/jar or wrap the end in a waxed wrap.

Pears 🍐

Best kept in the fridge in the crisper drawer (next to the apples).

Veggies

Beans

Store these in the fridge in the crisper, either in the compostable green bags (these bags can be re-used many times!), or in a mesh produce bag - you want to avoid them drying out in the fridge hence the bag/wrap.

Beetroot

Beetroot will dry out quickly in the fridge if not wrapped or bagged, although can be revived by soaking in water and then draining and using.

Broccoli 🥦

My favourite veggie so it never lasts long in my house, but the best thing to do is keep it in a compostable green bag or wrap in a damp towl in the crisper. Even the freshest broccoli will look sad if exposed to dry air for too long.

Cabbages

What I love about cabbage is that the many layers of outer leaves act as a good preservation tool for the inner leaves. Store in the fridge in a compostable bag or wrapped in a damp cloth, but you can also easily cut off the brown/wilted outer leaves or ends and the rest of the cabbage would be fresh and crisp.

Capsicum 🫑

Keep in the fridge in the criper, once cut, wrap remaining capsicum in a waxed wrap or store in a glass container in the fridge.

Carrots 🥕

Wrap in a damp towel in the criper or store in reusable produce bags - avoid these drying out in the crisper.

Cauliflower

The outer leaves of the cauliflower are natures way of keeping the cauliflower head fresh! Best kept in a re-useable produce bag, compostable bag or wrapped in a damp towel, keep the outer leaves on as. long as you can even after cutting off what you need from the head.

Celery

How frustrating is limp floppy celery :( Keep this in the fridge wrapped in a damp towel, or cut and store in a glass jar with water.

Corn 🌽

Corn husks are natures beautiful way of keeping corn fresh. The beauty of these is that the husks can look dry and old but the corn inside is still fresh! Yay! Store corn in the fridge - also corn husks can be great to use as a warp for other produce too.

Cucumber 🥒

Avoid these ones drying out in the crisper by storing in a cloth wrap or compostable /re-useable bag.

Eggplant 🍆

In the crisper for these, you can wrap them or store in a bag to reduce dryness on the skin.

Garlic 🧄

Store in the pantry in a dark, cool, dry place

Ginger

Young ginger with soft skin should be stored in the fridge and used within a week, mature ginger with firm skin can be stored in the pantry in a cool dark place. You can also freeze ginger either in cut pieces or whole and use straight from the freezer.

Mushrooms 

Ideally put these into a paper bag in the crisper - the compostable bag keeps them well but can lead to sweating if not used or stored incorrectly.  

Onions

Store in the pantry in a dark, cool, dry place.

Potatoes

Store in the pantry in a dark, cool, dry place.

Pumpkin

Store in the pantry in a dark, cool, dry place, once cut, store cut piece with skin on in the fridge covered in a waxed wrap or re-useable bag or cloth.

Radish

Store in the fridge, ideally in a re-useable bag or wrapped in a damp cloth.

Sweet Potato

Store in the pantry in a dark, cool, dry place.

Tomatoes 🍅

Keep on the bench/fruit bowl to ripen, tomatoes lose their flavour if they are stored in the fridge :(

Zucchini 

Store in the fridge wrapped in a damp cloth or re-useable bag, prevent drying out or they will go floppy :(

Greens

Leafy Greens

All leafy greens including lettuce, kale, silverbeet, spinach, shallots, and choi and more love being kept fresh in the fridge, wrapped in a damp cloth or wrap or bag. Any exposure to dry air in the fridge will make them go soft and wilted.

Herbs

Most herbs keep best by putting in a glass jar in the fridge with water at the bottom to keep the roots fresh. Or wrap them in a damp cloth in the fridge. Use quickly.

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