Storage Conditions

The best storage conditions depend on characteristics of the vegetable and plant part harvested for use. Ideal storage conditions are described in terms of the temperature and humidity of the storage air. Often the exact conditions won't be available. In those cases, locate the best approximate conditions and improvise to improve them. A refrigerator, basement, cellar or garage, attic, outbuilding, or under-the-house crawlspace are all possible storage locations. Containers and packaging such as plastic bags, mesh bags, boxes, and paper sacks can modify storage conditions. Some vegetables can be packed in damp or dry sand, soil, or sawdust to improve storage conditions. If you'd like to build your own storage unit, your local extension educator can provide plans for low-cost structures.

Some vegetables cannot be stored with other vegetables because they will flavor them. For example, onions and garlic can be stored together but not in close proximity to other vegetables. Cross-transfer of odors can be avoided by NOT storing carrots with onions or cabbage or potatoes with other root crops.

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