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Storing Food in the Refrigerator

Fresh vegetables

Storage recommendations are for 37 degrees Fahrenheit

Asparagus, corn in husks

  • Keep moist
    1 to 2 days

Beans, green or wax

  • Keep in crisper or moisture-resistant wrap or bag
    1 to 2 days

Beets, carrots, radishes

  • Remove leafy tops and keep in crisper
    1 to 2 weeks

Cabbage, celery

  • Keep in crisper or moisture-resistant wrap or bag
    1 to 2 weeks

Lettuce, head, unwashed

  • Store in moisture-resistant wrap, bag or lettuce keeper
    5 to 7 days

Lettuce, head, washed

  • Wrap and store away from other vegetables and fruits to prevent russet spotting
  • Thoroughly drained
    3 to 5 days

Mushrooms

  • Do not wash before storing
    1 to 2 days

Onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes

  • Refrigeration not needed
  • See cupboard storage chart

Shredded cabbage, leaf and bibb lettuce, salad greens

  • Keep in moisture-resistant wrap or bag
    1 to 2 days

Tomatoes

  • Ripen tomatoes at room temperature away from direct sunlight; then refrigerate
  • 1 to 2 days

Unshelled peas, lima beans

  • Keep in crisper or moisture-resistant wrap or bags
    3 to 5 days

 

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