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Food Storage Smarts

Fruit and Veggie Lowdown

  • Many fruits and veggies need to be refrigerated, but others do best at room temperature because the cold can damage them or keep them from ripening. Those that should not be refrigerated include tomatoes, potatoes, bananas, garlic and onions.
  • When stored at room temperature, fruits and vegetables should be placed in a perforated -- not a sealed -- plastic bag away from direct sunlight.
  • To speed up the ripening process of fruits and veggies stored at room temperature, place them in a bowl or paper bag with an apple.
  • Refrigerated fruits and veggies should be kept in a perforated plastic bag in the produce drawer. In general, fresh produce can last a few days in the fridge.
  • Use all refrigerated fruits and vegetables within a few days, and wash thoroughly right before eating.

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