Tomatoes – Always keep at room temperature.
Cucumbers – If you need to keep these fresh for more than a day or two after buying, wrap in a moist towel and refrigerate.
Peppers – Store in a plastic bag for 1-2 weeks in the fridge. If flash frozen, peppers will last up to 10 months.
Green Beans – These keep well with humidity (drape a damp cloth over them) but not wetness.
Carrots – Keep in a closed contained and wrapped in a damp towel or dip in cold water every few days. For lasting freshness, cut off the tops.
Squash – Will keep at room temperature for a few days if out of direct sunlight.
Peas – Place in an open container and refrigerate.
Onions – Keep in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place.
Broccoli – Store in the fridge: either wrapped in a damp towel or in an open container.
Corn – Best to leave these in the husk until ready to be eaten, but more flavorful if eaten sooner. Keep corn refrigerated.
Garlic – Keep away from humidity, dampness, or direct sunlight.
Celery – Wrap in foil and place in the fridge or keep in a bowl of shallow water on the counter.
Lettuce – Keep lettuce damp and refrigerated, preferably in an airtight container.
Mushroom – These are best stored in their original container. Uncooked leftovers should be covered with more plastic wrap before going back in the fridge.
Potatoes – Store in a dark and dry place or a brown paper bag.
Bananas – To extend freshness, separate bananas after purchasing and store in a well-ventilated basket.
Apples – Away from heat, these will keep for about two weeks. For longer storage, place in a cardboard box and refrigerate.
Grapes – Store in the fridge, but only wash when ready to use to avoid mushiness.
Peaches – Only refrigerate when fully ripe.
Pears – A cool environment or brown paper bag is best. Pears will keep for a few weeks on the counter.
Watermelon – Let ripen at room temperature for 7-10 days. After that, sliced watermelon can be stored in the fridge for several days.
Pineapples – Can be stored whole in the fridge (cut off the top) or sliced and put in an airtight container (don’t use aluminum foil, as this will alter the flavor).
Strawberries – Keep away from damp, wet places. Refrigerated strawberries placed in a brown paper bag will keep for a week if the bag is kept dry.
Oranges – Oranges lose juiciness when refrigerated. For freshest fruit, place in a ventilated basket and keep on the counter.
Cherries – Store in an airtight container and avoid washing until ready to eat. Keep cherries refrigerated.
Plums – Store at room temperature until they are ripe, and then keep them in the refrigerator in a plastic bag.
Blueberries – Store dry in a shallow plastic container in the refrigerator. Do not wash them until you are ready to eat them, because they will quickly mold if they are stored wet.