Winter Storage Tips

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Jody Bolluyt

Just Food

root_vegetablesThank you to Jody Bolluyt from Roxbury Farm for pulling together these winter crop storage tips and for allowing us to share them with you.

* Do not store apples or other fruits near your root vegetables. The ethylene in the fruit will cause your carrots to turn bitter and other root crops to spoil.
* Onions and garlic should be stored separately orthey can flavor your other vegetables.
* Don't wash your vegetables until you are going to use them.
* The key to long term storage is finding the correct temperature and humidity and finding a place with little light. No vegetables should freeze.
* Check your stored vegetables often to make sure they aren't spoiling. Remove damaged or spoiled roots to protect your other roots.
* Roots coming out of storage may have some blemishes or soft spots. You can usually peel them or cut off the bad spots and use the rest of the roots. 

For more storage and culinary tips check out this tipsheet or the Roxbury Farm website.