Taking Care of Your Produce

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This blog post contains very basic instructions on how to care for the typical vegetables we provide at Iron Mountain Organics. We will update this blog as we learn more about what works best. Feel free to add comments to this post for tips that work best for you.

Fresh Greens, Beans, Peppers and Peas

If dirty, wash with water before refrigerating and dry before storing them in a clean plastic bag with a few paper towels.

Tomatoes and Potatoes

Keep in a cool, dry place with good ventilation.  They should be stored at room temperature and washed just before using.

Other

Asparagus should be stored in the refrigerator, wrapped with a moist paper towel or you can stand them up in a glass of cold water wrapped with a damp paper towel.

Plastic bags with tiny vents help keep produce fresh longer by releasing moisture. They are great for grapes, blueberries, cherries or strawberries.

Keep whole melons at room temperature. 

General Tips

Freezing fruits at home is a fast and convenient way to preserve produce at their peak maturity and nutritional quality.

Freezing most vegetables at home is a fast, convenient way to preserve produce at their peak maturity and nutritional quality. Freezing is not recommended for artichokes, Belgian endive, eggplant, lettuce greens, potatoes (other than mashed), radishes, sprouts and sweet potatoes.

Here is a great article on how long vegetables can be stored –
https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/shopping-storing/more-shopping-storing/how-to-store-vegetables Here is also an article on storing fresh cut herbs – https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_store_parsley_cilantro_and_other_fresh_herbs/

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