Storing vegetables
to keep them fresh

Storing vegetables? When I was a child, my father had an allotment.  We picked and ate our vegetables the same day, so there was no need to store them. 

But what happens if you buy them on your weekly shopping trip? Many vegetables won't last for the whole week before going bad. Knowing how to store vegetables is therefore an important part of learning to cook.

The following table will guide you when doing your weekly meal planning. You can choose recipes based on how long your vegetables will last. Keep those that keep fresh longest, for later in the week. 

If you DO grow your own, you might consider freezing any surplus vegetables yourself. 





Aubergine (Eggplant)

Stored at cool room temperature or in the salad drawer of the fridge

2 days at room temperature or 3 days in the fridge


Wrap loosely in paper

Best used the same day as purchased

Beans (green)

Store wrapped in paper, in a cool, dry place

1 to 2 days only or they go soft

Beetroot (Beets)

Store loosely wrapped in a cool, dry place

Will keep for up to a week


Needs a cool, dark, dry place

Broccoli is best eaten on day of purchase or it will go soft, but can be kept for 3 -4 days in the fridge

Brussels Sprouts

Store loosely wrapped, and sprinkled lightly with water in the fridge

Will keep for 3 to 4 days

Bok Choi

Loosely wrapped in kitchen paper, in the fridge

Good for 5 to 6 days


Store loosely wrapped in the fridge

Cabbages can be stored for 3 to 4 days


Store in a cool, dark place

Older carrots will keep for weeks, but young ones for only 2 to 3 days


Wrap loosely in paper and store in a cool, dark place

Fresh for 2 to 3 days


Washed and loosely wrapped in the fridge

Celery will stay fresh for up to 4 to 5 days

Courgettes (Zucchini)

Keep in a cool, dry place

Store for 2 to 3 days


Store in the salad drawer in your fridge

Best before 10 days or it will go soft


Pop into a plastic bag, leave unsealed, keep in salad drawer in fridge

If it is fresh when you buy it, it will keep for up to 10 days


Leeks need a cool, dry storage area

Will keep for up to 1 week


Wash and shake dry, then store in a plastic container in the fridge

Keeps for up to 4 to 5 days, depending on the type


Either place in a covered container in the fridge, or wrap loosely and store in a dark, cool area

At their freshest before 3 to 4 days old


Store whole onions in a cool, dry place. Once you have cut them in half, store the remaining portion in an airtight container in the fridge

Left whole, they will be fine for up to 3 weeks, halved, they will only keep for 3 to 4 days


Fresh peas in their pods need loosely wrapping and storing in a cool, dark, dry place

Only keep for 1 to 2 days before cooking

Peppers (Capsicum)

When storing vegetables such as these, find a cool place

Good for up to 1 week


Storing potatoes for quite some time is possible if kept in a cool, dry, dark place

Several weeks

Sweetcorn (corn on the cob

Try to buy corn with the husk still on, but even then, these will deteriorate quickly

Use on the day of purchase


If under-ripe when you get them, keep in a cool place. Once ripe, wrap tightly and keep in the fridge

Under-ripe will keep for 1 week. Ripe tomatoes should be used within 3 to 4 days

I hope this information on storing vegetables has been useful.


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