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How To Keep Vegetables Fresh In The Fridge

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 20, 2017
How To Keep Vegetables Fresh In The Fridge

Fresh, crisp, tasty and with all their nutrients. Do you want to preserve all the flavour and benefits of your vegetables? For health and also as a gift for discerning palates, at OneHowTo we explain some good tricks to enjoy your vegetables for much longer. For their price it's better to keep them in good condition, don't you think? So, grab a pencil and paper and take note of how to preserve fresh vegetables in the fridge. Easy and cheap!

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Steps to follow:


The first thing to know is that it's crucial to store the vegetables in the appropriate place inside the fridge. It is important to keep your vegetables in a special container to keep them in perfect condition. These containers can be bought at any supermarket.


The temperature of your refrigerator is another very important issue if you want to preserve vegetables for longer. And that's why we recommend putting a thermometer in the refrigerator, which will help you to know the ideal temperature so that food doesn't spoil. Our recommendation is that the temperature of your fridge should be between 34 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit, i.e. 1°C to 4°C.


Another important trick that can also help to preserve vegetables in the refrigerator is to divide and keep your vegetables according to their type, as some foods have more moisture than others.

How To Keep Vegetables Fresh In The Fridge - Step 3

Do not forget to check the expiry date to prevent your food from spoiling. For example, vegetables like cauliflower can be perfectly preserved for a week, while pepper and celery can be in your fridge for up to two weeks. Do you have any doubts? Ask your supermarket of choice because they'll surely be able to help you to preserve your vegetables.


If you want, you can wash leafy green vegetables before storing them on the fridge, this way you'll have them ready to eat. However, you should never wash soft herbs and mushrooms until you're going to use them.

These vegetables should be stored unwashed in a plastic bag:

  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn
  • Green onions
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Radishes
How To Keep Vegetables Fresh In The Fridge - Step 5

If you're keeping the vegetables in plastic bags, make sure these are perforated so the air can flow.


To keep your vegetables fresh for longer inside the fridge, never store them next to fruit. There are some fruits that release high levels of ethylene, the ripening agent. This can ripen the vegetables around at a much faster pace than it would normally happen.

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Why does all of my vegetables go limp in the vegetable drawer? I have never encountered this with previous fridges
Deborah Lynn Brenneman
Never to late to start eating right. Thanks for your help. AND I was shown that if you keep your lettuce wrapped in a WET paper towel it will last up to 1 1/2 weeks. Will not turn brown.
OneHowTo Editor
Great tip Deborah!
Sharon Klundt
Thank you this is very helpful!
OneHowTo Editor
We're glad we could help Sharon, at this time more than ever keeping our veggies fresh is so important.
barbara harrington
store your vegetables in a special container< what kind of container would that be?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Barbara
This container would be a zip lock bag or an anti-toxic Tupperware.
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