Here you will find tips on how to store and keep your vegetables fresh. It’s never fun to let your food go to waste.
You will also find many of our favorite recipes that we enjoy with our fresh vegetables. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Bon appetite!
How to Store Your Vegetables to Retain Freshness
- Arugula – As soon as possible, soak in cold water 5-10 minutes, rinse, and spin dry.. Wrap in paper towels and store in airtight container or zip-lock bag in your crisper drawer. Best when consumed within 5 days.
- Basil – Place in a glass of water as you would flowers. Be sure not to submerge leaves, only stems. Store on counter. You can also place in airtight bag and place in refrigerator crisper drawer. Make sure it is not rinsed and dry when choosing this method.
- Beets – Trim leafy greens from beet, wash, rinse, dry and store in zip-lock bag in refrigerator. Store beet root in a drawer or a shelf. Avoid washing the beets prior to storage in the fridge. Instead, wash just before cooking. Kept cool, beets will last several weeks. Use greens within 5 days.
- Broccoli – Keep dry, then place in airtight container. Rinse just before eating. You can blanch and freeze broccoli for long term storage as well!
- Cantaloupe and Canary Melon – can be kept uncut on counter for 1-3 days. Once cut, store your melon in an airtight container or zip-lock bag. Will keep up to 3-5 days. Cantaloupe freezes well and can be stored in a freezer bag.
- Carrots – As pretty as they are, remove the greens as they deplete the carrot of both moisture and nutrients. Greens are edible and can be saved for other uses. Wash and remove dirt from carrots. Carrots can be submerged in water then placed in refrigerator for ultimate crisp and freshness for a couple weeks. Swap out cloudy water with fresh water. Alternatively, after washing, you can store them in sealed in airtight container or zip-lock bag.
- Cauliflower – Keep dry, then place in airtight container. Rinse just before eating. You can blanch and freeze for long term storage as well.
- Collard Greens – wash, chop into large pieces; soak and wash again to remove all grit then store in zip-lock or airtight container in fridge. You can also blanch after you chop and then freeze for up to 10 months.
- Green Bunching Onions – Place in a jar with 1-2 inches of water so roots are submerged, cover with plastic bag and place in fridge. Change water every 3 days – will keep fresh for over a week. You can also wrap onions in a paper towel, place in a zip-lock bag and store in your crisper drawer up to a week. If onions go limp, place in cold water.
- Honey – Pure, raw, unpasteurized honey has no shelf life. Over time and cold weather it may solidify and crystallize . If it does, place jar in warm water bath (or the sun) and let it slowly come to room temp until it becomes pour-able again. Crystallized honey is great on toast!
- Kale -wash, chop into large pieces; then wrap in paper towels and store in zip-lock or airtight container in crisper drawer. You can also blanch after you chop and freeze for up to 10 months.
- Kohlrabi – Both bulbs and leaves are edible! Remove leaves and store wrapped in paper towel lined airtight container or zip-lock bag for up to 1 week. Kohlrabi bulbs can also be stored in paper towel lined zip-lock for up to 1 week.
- Lettuce – Loose leaf lettuce should be rinsed and spun until all debris is removed. Store in a paper towel lined airtight container or zip-lock bag for maximum freshness for several days. Heads of lettuce can be stored in bag it comes in. Before consuming, rinse, pull leaves from stem, wash/rinse again and spin. Alternatively, you can do this prior to storage and store as loose leaf lettuce.
- Potatoes – store in cool, dry, dark area. Avoid washing until cooking.
- Radish – Remove greens, rinse and store in airtight container 7-10 days.
- Spinach – As soon as possible, soak in cold water 5-10 minutes, rinse, and spin dry.. Wrap in paper towels and store in airtight container or zip-lock bag in your crisper drawer. Best when consumed within 5 days.
- Summer Squash (Zucchini, Zephyr, Romanesco, Tiger-striped) – Store in crisper drawer. Avoid washing until ready to use. Softness is an indicator that you should use immediately. Will last in crisper drawer up to 5 days. To freeze, slice the rounds, blanch for 2 minutes, plunge in cold water, drain, and then seal in airtight containers or freezer bags. Will keep frozen up to 10 months to 1 year.
- Swiss Chard – Similar to collards, yet more delicate, will store well wrapped in paper towels in an airtight container or zip-lock bag when rinsed and dried thoroughly. Can be sauteed or tossed in a fresh salad. Stems are edible and Rainbow Chard will had a wonderful pop of color to your dish!
- Winter Squash (Butternut, Acorn, Pumpkin, Spaghetti) – Store in cool, dry, dark area up to 4-6 weeks.
- Watermelon – Store watermelon on counter until ready to cut. Slice or cube and store in airtight container. To store half, cover with plastic wrap in fridge.
No-bake Zucchini Lasagna
- 1 large zucchini, sliced 1/4 in. thick
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes
- ricotta cheese (16 oz. container should be plenty, just depends on how much you like ricotta!)
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
- Chiffonade of basil as garnish (about 3-5 leaves)
In a large pan, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil. Season zucchini medallions with salt and pepper, add to pan and cook over high heat. Flip when they become browned and slightly softened on one side. Repeat on second side. Once all zucchini is cooked, remove the last batch and add tomatoes over high heat, adding 1/2-1 Tbsp olive oil if necessary; stirring occasionally. While tomatoes are cooking down (5-6 minutes), place one zucchini medallion on large serving dish, add one dollup (or tsp.) of ricotta on top. Place another medallion on top, at an angle and repeat. When tomatoes are soft and bursting, pour over zucchini and ricotta. Sprinkle your basil on top and serve warm.
Basil & Watermelon Salad
- 3 cups cubed watermelon
Toss all ingredients together and serve immediately.
Smothered Collard Greens
- 2 bunches of collard greens
- 3 slices thick bacon, chopped
- 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1/2-1 tsp. red pepper flakes
Wash greens and chop (stems & leaves). Soak and rinse once more to remove any remaining grit.
Chop bacon and sauté in large skillet. Remove bacon from skillet. Add collard greens to hot skillet and cook in bacon grease until greens are reduced in volume. Raise heat and add vinegar, scraping bits from skillet; about 1 minute. Add stock & red pepper flakes, reduce heat, cover and simmer until greens are tender (about 12 min).
Roasted Acorn Squash
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 1 Tbsp minced shallot
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 tsp. thyme leaves (optional)
- kosher salt and pepper
- Two acorn squash, halved lengthwise, seeds discarded
Preheat Oven to 425 degrees. In a bowl combine butter, shallot, garlic and thyme, and season with salt and pepper. Season the squash halves with salt and pepper and set on a foil lined baking sheet. Drizzle each halve with the garlic butter and roast for 30 minutes or until the squash is golden and tender.
Basil Pesto (nut & dairy free)
- 4 cups loose basil leaves
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup Olive Oil
Peel garlic cloves and chop in food processor. Add basil leaves and 1/2 tsp salt. Place lid on food processor and turn on. Slowly drizzle oil through funnel and process until garlic and basil is finely minced. Add salt if necessary. This basil pesto is wonderful on pizza, pasta, veggies and crostini!
*You can add 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan when you add basil.
Dill & Greek Yogurt Dip
- 1 cup greek yogurt
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 1 Tbsp. chopped dill
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy! Can be served with crudités plate or chips. You can also replace the yogurt with sour cream.
Zucchini Tator Tots
- 1 large zucchini, shredded
- 1 Large russet potato, peeled
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp oregano
- *2 Tbsp avocado or coconut oil
Preheat oven to 350F.
Place potato in steaming basket and steam until semi fork tender. Let cool and grate. Place grated zucchini in cheesecloth, clean dishtowel or nut milk beg and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Add potato and zucchini to bowl with salt and oregano. Mix well and then shape into small cylinders. Place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake for 20-30 minutes flipping halfway through.
*Alternatively, you can skip the oven and fry tots in a nonstick skillet. Heat 2 Tbsp avocado or coconut oil and pan fry tots until crispy and browned.
*Adapted from medicalmedium.com
Lemon Zucchini Cake
- 1 cup granulated sugar or ½ cup Angell’s Farmstead honey
- Zest of 2 large lemons
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 3 large eggs
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- ½ tsp baking poweder
- 2 tsp baking soda
- ¾ tsp salt
- 2 cups finely grated yellow zucchini or zephyr squash
- 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
Preheat over to 350F. Spray bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix together sugar or honey with lemon zest. Add oil, eggs, lemon juice and vanilla extract and mix until all ingredients are incorporated. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to wet ingredients and mix until combined. Add zucchini. Spoon batter into bundt pan and bake for 45-50 min or until knife comes out clean. Let cake cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Flip onto rack to cool completely.
For the glaze, in a medium bowl mix together melted butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and lemon juice. Drizzle over cooled cake.
*Adapted from mybakingaddiction.com
Zucchini Pizza Crust
- 4 cups grated zucchini, yellow zucchini, patty-pan or zephyr squash
- 2 eggs
- 2 garlic cloves, diced (or 1 tsp garlic powder)
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella
- ½ cup shredded parmesan
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- Salt/pepper to taste
- Red pepper (optional)
Preheat oven to 425F.
Grate zucchini and squeeze out moisture using cheesecloth or clean dish towel. Place in bowl and add eggs, garlic, oregano, 1 cup mozzarella, parmesan, corn starch, salt, pepper and red pepper. Mix well, then pat onto parchment lined baking sheet into round pizza shape. Bake for 25 min or until golden.
Remove from oven and top with marinara, additional 1 cup mozzarella and whatever pizza toppings you like. Place back in oven and bake for 10 minutes. We like to top our pizzas with our fresh basil and bell peppers, garlic sautéed mushrooms, sundried tomatoes and uncured pepperoni!
*Recipe credit goes to a genuis on the internet. Feel free to let us know if you come across it so we can give credit where it’s due.