Storing Root Vegetables

How should I store my sweet potatoes? Can I keep the leftover beets in my refrigerator? Many of us have such questions after purchasing fresh root vegetables. Some root vegetables need moisture and cool temperatures. Others store better where it is dark and dry.  Knowing how to store these vegetables can help us to enjoy their fresh taste and health benefits.  Proper storage also helps us to use more and throw less away.
Follow these storage tips:
Beets – Store beets loose in the crisper of the refrigerator and they will keep for 1-2 weeks. If your beets have tops, remove them and store separately. Unwashed beet greens will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
Carrots- Remove tops from carrots. Place carrots in a plastic bag and store in the crisper of your refrigerator. Carrots can keep up to 3 months.
Jicama - Place your jicama unwrapped in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. It will last for 2-3 weeks.  After it is cut, place in plastic wrap and use within 1 week.
Parsnips – Keep parsnips wrapped in paper towels and placed in a plastic bag with holes in your refrigerator crisper. They should keep up to 1 month.
Red Radishes – Store radishes in a plastic bag in the crisper of your refrigerator. Remove the green tops as they pull moisture from the radish. Radishes should keep for at least a week.
Rutabagas - Unwashed rutabagas should be kept in your refrigerator crisper in a plastic bag with holes. They will keep up to 2 weeks.
Potatoes – Store potatoes in a dry, dark place in your kitchen. This could be in a ventilated basket, metal bin, or cardboard box with holes. Place in a cupboard or closet away from light. Keep temperature low and constant. Sweet potatoes should also be stored in this way.
Onions - Store onions separate from other vegetables (not in the same bin) in a basket or mesh produce bag. Just like storing potatoes, keep them in a dark, low temperature location.

Successful storage means you will have these root vegetables at your fingertips to enjoy in a variety of family dishes; soups, stews, salads and as sides with your favorite meats.  Try roasting root vegetables for a new taste with our Roasted Root Vegetables with Maple Glaze recipe. Enjoy
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