14 Fruits And Vegetables To Store This Winter

Canning isn’t the only way to enjoy the bounty of the garden all winter long. These foods can be stored without artificial preservation techniques.

February 2, 2015

These winter fruits and vegetables should last a long time if you store them right!

 

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Vegetable/Fruit Storage Period Temperature Humidity
Apples 2 to 6 months 32° to 35°F 90%
Beans 1 year or more 40° to 50°F 40%
Beets 3 to 5 months 32° to 35°F 95%
Cabbages 3 to 4 months 32° to 35°F 95%
Carrots 4 to 5 months 32° to 35°F 95%
Celeriac 3 to 4 months 32° to 35°F 95%
Garlic* 5 to 8 months 50° to 60°F 65%
Onions* 5 to 8 months 50° to 60°F 65%
Potatoes 4 to 8 months 40° to 50°F 80%
Pumpkins* 2 to 6 months 50° to 60°F 70%
Rutabagas 2 to 4 months 32° to 35°F 95%
Sweet Potatoes 4 to 6 months 50° to 65°F 80%
Turnips 4 to 5 months 32° to 35°F 95%
Winter Squash 2 to 6 months 50° to 60°F 60%
*Before storing, cure garlic, onions, pumpkins, and winter squash in a dry, warm spot (about 80˚F) for two weeks.

General storage tips: Select mature, unblemished fruits and vegetables for storage, and handle them carefully. Check the condition of stored produce periodically and remove anything that appears to have spoiled. Do not store apples, which release ethylene gas, with vegetables. Produce in storage should not be allowed to freeze.

 

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