Storing Thanksgiving Day Produce

Nov 22nd, 2021

Thanksgiving is the holiday where all sorts of delicious dishes are made from mashed potatoes to casseroles to roasts. This means stocking up on enough produce to make everything your table needs. Storing produce for ultimate freshness is important so that each item tastes amazing on Thanksgiving Day. Below are some tips on how to store your produce. Don't forget to check out our holiday meal prep tips for slicing, dicing, and mincing your Thanksgiving produce.  


Potatoes

Potatoes can stay fresh for quite some time, but it's important not to store them in the fridge. They should also not be stored with onions. The gas released by onions can cause potatoes to sprout. Check potatoes regularly and remove any sprouting potatoes.

Storing Potatoes:

  1. Don't wash before storing
  2. Keep in a dark location avoiding humidity
  3. Don't store in the fridge
  4. Avoid storing in bags or containers, they need to breathe

Onions

Store onions in a cool, dry, dark place. If they’re still whole, leave the skin on and store them somewhere with ventilation – and avoid plastic bags. If they’re cut, store them in an air-tight container in the fridge

Storing Onions:

  1. Don't wash before storing
  2. Keep in a dark location avoiding humidity
  3. Don't store in the fridge
  4. Avoid storing in bags or containers, they need to breathe

Garlic:

A whole garlic bulb can stay fresh for about six months. The more protective layers you remove, the shorter its shelf life becomes. While peeled garlic will only last up to a week. If you chop or mince your garlic, use it within a day. Garlic will keep well in a bowl, basket, or paper bag on the counter. But for best results, keep it somewhere cool, dry, and dark with some airflow (like a pantry).

Storing Garlic:

  1. Don't wash before storing
  2. Keep in a dark location avoiding humidity
  3. Don't store in the fridge
  4. Avoid storing in bags or containers, they need to breathe

Celery:

This crunchy veggie can easily be stored for later. Separate and wash the stalks and let them sit out to dry. Cut about ¼ inch off the top and bottom of each stalk, then loosely wrap them all together in a dry paper towel. Wrap them in aluminum foil or place them in an unsealed plastic bag that gives them room to breathe. Celery stored this way can last about four weeks. 

Storing Celery: 

  1. Refrigerate
  2. Wrap in a dry towel
  3. Put in a plastic bag or wrap in foil 
  4. Put in crisper