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Old 09-13-2007, 11:57 AM   #1
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Where to store popular fruits and veggies?

I was wondering what the best way is to store the following foods, whether in the refridgerator or the pantry. I just find it strange that some stores will store these items in a refrigerated section, while others will leave them out in room temperature. Thanks for the help!

onions
garlic
potatoes
lemons/limes
tomatoes
bell peppers

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Old 09-13-2007, 12:03 PM   #2
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I do this:

Onions and potatoes in a cool, dark, un-refrigerated area, but not together.
Garlic on the Kitchen counter.
Lemons/Limes/Peppers in the crisper of the fridge..
Tomatoes on the counter most times.
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Ditto here.
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Old 09-13-2007, 01:30 PM   #4
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I was wondering what the best way is to store the following foods, whether in the refridgerator or the pantry. I just find it strange that some stores will store these items in a refrigerated section, while others will leave them out in room temperature. Thanks for the help!
Hi. Here's how I do mine.

onions - in a hanging basket with large openings
garlic - in a small Mexican dish on the counter
potatoes - in a drawer/basket built in to my kitchen peninsula
lemons/limes - crisper drawer in the fridge
tomatoes - in a basket on the kitchen peninsula - tomatoes lose flavor if refrigerated (one reason why homegrown taste so much better)
bell peppers - crisper drawer in the fridge
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Old 09-13-2007, 01:34 PM   #5
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So how come I can't put all this stuff in the fridge? Doesn't it last longer that way? I can understand tomatoes losing their flavor, but what about onions and garlic?
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Old 09-13-2007, 01:41 PM   #6
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So how come I can't put all this stuff in the fridge? Doesn't it last longer that way? I can understand tomatoes losing their flavor, but what about onions and garlic?
According to the National Onion Association, onions need to be kept in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place - moisture (the fridge is usually a humid place) and lack of air movement promote spoilage. Garlic is a close relative of onions, so it needs the same treatment.

About Onions: FAQ

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Old 09-13-2007, 03:11 PM   #7
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Huh. And here I've been storing my garlic in the empty egg cups in the fridge door! :/
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Old 09-13-2007, 03:15 PM   #8
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garlic and onions together in the least accesible corner of the kitchen, in a ventilated shelf. potatoes just below them in a ventilated drawer.

fruit and peppers in the crisper in the fridge. tomatoes on the counter, as uncle bob recommended. never in the fridge.

ok, what about unpopular veggies? (and do they know of their caste?)
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onions and garlic - in the fridge, refrigerating onions keeps the tear factor down
potatoes - cool, dark corner of the kitchen (but then I never have many around at one time)
lemons/limes and bell peppers - crisper in the fridge
tomatoes - counter
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ok, what about unpopular veggies? (and do they know of their caste?)
The unpopular ones stay at the grocery store - life's too short!
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