How To: Store Produce

Throwing away unused produce that has gone bad is a huge waste. I always try to use every piece of the produce I’ve bought. One of the best ways to do that, besides meal planning, is to store your groceries properly! Check out these tips and tricks to make your groceries last longer.


How To: Store Produce


  • Apples – refrigerator drawer; I like to let them come to room temp before eating
  • Pears – counter top or fruit basket
  • Citrus – refrigerator shelf; half of a citrus fruit will last in plastic wrap for a few days
  • Bananas – counter top; half a banana will last in a plastic bag for a few days
  • Berries – refrigerator drawer; only rinse berries immediately before using
  • Avocados – ripen on counter top, refrigerator shelf when ripe; half an avocado can be kept by spraying with cooking spray, wrapping in plastic wrap on refrigerator shelf


  • Asparagus – refrigerator shelf; stems in water if possible or loosely in a plastic bag
  • Bell peppers – refrigerator shelf in plastic wrap
  • Broccoli – refrigerator shelf in plastic wrap; I love using frozen broccoli for a quick veggie side
  • Carrots – refrigerator drawer in a plastic bag; I tend to keep baby carrots in their original bag
  • Cabbage – refrigerator drawer in plastic wrap
  • Celery – refrigerator drawer
  • Cucumber – refrigerator drawer in plastic wrap or plastic bag
  • Leafy greens – refrigerator drawer in a plastic bag lined with paper towels
  • Mixed greens – refrigerator shelf in plastic container lined with paper towels
  • Garlic – pantry, unwrapped; I love using jarred minced garlic for convenience
  • Mushrooms – refrigerator shelf in brown paper bag or box
  • Onions – pantry, unwrapped; half an onion can be kept in a plastic bag in the refrigerator
  • Potatoes/sweet potatoes – pantry in brown paper bag; don’t forget to separate onions and potatoes as they will make each other go bad faster
  • Summer squash – refrigerator shelf in a plastic bag

Don’t forget to clean out your refrigerator regularly! You never know what you’ll find hiding in the back. Always remove anything with mold. Remember, the freezer is your friend. You can freeze banana halves for smoothies, cut up avocado for later, and of course chicken, turkey, beef, or fish!


2 thoughts on “How To: Store Produce

  1. sincerelypeggy says:

    Nice tips (especially avocado, I learned that the hard way). Do you have any ideas for options more sustainable than plastic wrap?

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