Here are some vegetables and fruits that store well for a month or more.
To help you stock your pantry, here’s a list of 10 vegetables and fruits that keep for a month or more.
And, if you can, please consider donating food to your local food pantry.
- Carrots. Buy whole carrots, not baby carrots. Place a paper towel in the bag to absorb moisture. Replace paper towel as needed. Moisture shortens their storage time.
- Celery. Look for firm celery. Again, moisture is our enemy here. Keep dry in the refrigerator.
- Onions. Store in a cool, dry place. Between 30 and 50 degrees F. is best. Or store in a cabinet for about a month.
- Garlic. Also good to buy: jarred minced garlic. This might not be your first choice but if you can’t get to a store, it’s nice to have.
- Sweet Potatoes. Store in a cool dark place. If they came in a plastic bag, remove them from the plastic bag.
- Potatoes. Remove from plastic bag and store in a dark cool, dry place. Cover with a piece of newspaper. The less light on your potatoes, the better.
- Cabbage. Wrapped well, you can store cabbage in the refrigerator for about one month. Sometimes longer.
- Spaghetti Squash and other squashes. Store at room temperature. A cool dark place is even better.
- Apples. Varieties like Granny Smith and Honeycrisp keep for months. Check them for bruising (eat the bruised fruit right away. They won’t keep well.) Store unblemished apples in the refrigerator for a month or more.
- Oranges and Grapefruit. These keep about three to four weeks if stored in the refrigerator.