If you have been throwing out veggies more often lately because they are going off, this article is for you! We are going to help you learn where vegetables should be kept to get maximum use, as well as how long you should be keeping them around before you absolutely have to use them up.
But first, here are some factors that can determine the shelf life of your veggies!
– It depends where your veggies are kept. Some veg last longer in the fridge, and some can flourish in the cupboard. Some should be wrapped or kept in an airtight container, whereas others can just live as is. It’s important you know the difference to get the most out of your food.
– Food packaging can also cause food to go off sooner. For example, mushrooms should not be kept in plastic bags, as they tend to go slimy and sweaty. If they are kept in brown paper bags, they can last upwards of a week.
– Moisture can also affect your vegetables. For example, spring onion can last for a long time if the roots are kept in a small amount of water!
Now, let’s get to some of our favourite vegetables and how we can keep them fresh for as long as possible and decrease the amount of waste we contribute!
– Broccoli – has a shelf life of approximately 5 – 7 days when kept in the fridge.
– Carrots – they can last upwards of 1 -3 months in the fridge.
– Cabbage – before going off, cabbage can last 1 -2 months in the fridge.
– Potatoes (both sweet and white) – are able to last 2 – 4 months in the cupboard.
– Onions – can survive for 1 – 3 months in the cupboard.
– Corn – one of our more fragile veggies, has a shelf life of only 3 days in the fridge.
– Celery – has the ability to last in the fridge for 3 – 4 weeks.
For the most part, your veggies are pretty resilient! To get the most out of them, make sure you’re cooking meals that have heaps of veg!