It’s been terribly sunny here in Connecticut of late. Quite lovely. Makes eating fresh salads much easier in my book. Talking of salads, while I was mooching around Trader Joe’s the other day, swooping up armfuls of baby spinach and bagfuls of shaved Brussels Sprouts, not to mention the cavalcade of cucumbers and torrent of tomatoes, I got to thinking about how we store all those non-starchy veggies we get to eat every day. Unless we’re dabbling with carnivore, in which case you can file this post away for any veggie-laden days in your future. I wondered if some of you are struggling with space in your ‘fridges when you might not need to. Not only do some fruits and veggies fare better out of the ‘fridge rather than in it, there are others that fare better in the ‘fridge when some other types are kept out of it. Storing your fruit and veggies correctly has the benefits of freeing up space in your overflowing ‘fridge as well as helping to keep them at their prime longer. Good news all round. So here’s a few tips for keeping your veggies fresher longer.
So I thought it might be helpful to jot down a list of where to keep what for optimal storage. I have included things that are NOT the lowest carb fruits and veggies in the forest because depending on where you are in your journey and how your body responds to things you might be consuming some of them – or you might be living with people not eating low carb or keto and you still need to know how to make their carbier fruits and veggies last longer for them.
I’ve marked the higher carb items with a ++ to remind you that there are lower carb choices. I’ve bolded and italicised the low carb ones so you don’t get confused if you are new to low carb and keto.
Tips For Keeping Your Veggies Fresher Longer: Refrigerate
- Brussels Sprouts
- Green beans
- Green (spring) onions
- Leafy greens – spinach, lettuces, kale, chicory, endive
- Mushrooms (in a brown paper bag)
Tips For Keeping Your Veggies Fresher Longer: Do NOT refrigerate
- Citrus fruits – lemon and lime
Another simple way of remembering what to keep where is to think about the produce department at your grocery store. They tend to keep everything in the right place because they want the produce to carry on being it’s best for as long as possible. I realize some of these may not seem natural, but give it a go. I think you’ll be surprised.
So whip those tomatoes, onions, and avocados out of the ‘fridge, free up some space and keep everything fresher for longer. Score.
Need fresh, nutritious and delicious ideas on what to do with those veggies?
- The Keto Soup Bowl Cookbook – crammed with delicious recipes!
- The Keto Sides and Salads Cookbook – amazing sides and salads recipes using an array of fabulous, fresh veggies!