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Supermarkets offer all the vegetables all year round. However, if you are a supporter of ecofriendly products and you raise vegetables on your own or your grandma sent you a half of sack of carrots or there was a discount on the cabbage in the supermarket and you bought a lot of it, then you might be wondering how to store vegetables in the apartment.
How to store vegetables in the apartment without a balcony
Balcony or recessed balcony, which is in the apartment, will of course be the storage place of natural blessings. If there isn’t any or you cannot accommodate the balcony for it to be a vegetable storehouse, then let’s consider the options of storage of vegetables in the apartment without a balcony.
Regardless of place where you will store the vegetables, follow the main rules, which will allow you to enjoy the tasty properties of groceries longer.
- carefully look through provisions, which you brought to the house, throw away those of them that became moldy or began to rot. Lay aside overripe or rumpled vegetables to eat them in the near future.
- Don’t wash the vegetables.
- Prepare the boxes, sacks or bags to store the big number of vegetables for roots to have an access to air.
Storage room in the apartment will become a perfect storehouse only for certain types of vegetables. The thing is that many roots will preserve their appearance and tasty properties at room temperature. So we receive amazing vegetable storehouse if you put racks or boxes in your storage room. Let’s consider the special aspects of storage of main vegetables, let us assume for the borsch:
- potato. High humidity, high temperature and light are contraindicative to this root. So choose dark and cold place for storage of potato, this place needs to have temperature of 10 degrees at most. If it’s warm in the storage room, then put the box, container with ventilation or wicker basket with the potato in the storage room near the door or, if there is enough space, in the hallway next to the front door. Put them away from the radiators and heaters or the potato will sprout or rot.
- beet. Potato’s friend requires the same attitude. So boldly store them together.
- bulb onion. It loves warmth and doesn’t withstand the moisture. You can store only a few onions in the fridges at first, put the rest in the box or wicker basket.
- cabbage. Upper leaves keep the vegetable fresh and don’t let it dry. If the service life isn’t long (one-two months), then wrap each cabbage in the paper, but not the printing one. If you have so big number of cabbage that would be enough for half of year, then hang each vegetable by its stalk in the storage room and the cabbage will be perfectly preserved. It concerns white and red cabbage.
- carrots. Carrots don’t withstand moisture and heat. Put the carrots in the box or basket near the door of storage room to avoid the softness and rot. You can store carrots in the produce section of a fridge, but you will have to wrap each root in the paper and periodically check for paper not to become wet. If the paper is wet, dry the section and carrots and wrap the root in the dry paper.
How to store the vegetables in the kitchen
Lack of storage room is not a tragedy. You have the kitchen. So use different options deciding how to store vegetables in the kitchen.
If you have a freezer compartment, then perfect solution will be the vegetables’ frost. This concerns the carrots, marrows, pumpkin, sweet pepper, eggplants, cauliflower and broccoli.
You have to follow the rules of temperature and moisture concerning the vegetable storage. If you know the principles of vegetable storage in the apartment, this won’t be the problem. Now decide where to store the vegetables in the kitchen.
- Clear the kitchen cases at the lower level. The only con of this storage option is lack of air access so you will have either to frequently look at the vegetables or to feed the family with vegetables.
- If your husband is a jack-of-all-trades, then ask him to build in the boxes for vegetables in the kitchen cupboard, these boxes can be metallic or wicker.
- Admirers of rural style and village coziness can hang the baskets with vegetables or fix stages or containers for roots on the wall. If the vegetables will be within reach, it will ease the process of cooking.
- Those, who keep up with the times, can buy or make the thermoboxes, which maintain the necessary temperature by themselves. These boxes are quite expensive and it’s very easy to make it with your own hands. Put the foam plastic or any other heat keeping material inside the deep wooden box, make the holes for air in the box walls and the vegetable store place is ready.
- You might put the containers with vegetables on the stand or bedside-table, then you will see all the roots, this option is interesting.
- No matter what is your option of vegetable storage in the kitchen, don’t put the vegetables next to radiators or heaters to avoid the premature deterioration.