A person opening a crisper drawer in a fridge which is full of veg.

Help your veg last longer

To get the most out of your veggies, storage is key!

41% of consumers say food waste is impacting their consumption of vegetables. By storing vegetables correctly, we can extend their shelf life and get the most out of our veggies.

Nutrition Australia, Fight Food Waste CRC and Aus Harvest have shared their top 3 easy storage tips to help you store your veggies correctly and increase their lifespan, saving you money on wasted veg:

1. Set your fridge at 4 degrees Celsius

Ensure your fridge is set to the correct temperature to keep food safe and fresh.

Vegetables best to put in the crisper drawer:

  • corn
  • carrots
  • celery
  • lettuce
  • spinach
  • kale
  • broccoli
  • bok choy
  • cauliflower
  • zucchini.

2. Store your veg in containers with some paper towel

Separate veg leaves and put them on top of paper towel inside a container or produce bag/wrap. Cover the leaves with more towel and keep them in the fridge.

Best vegetables for storing in paper towel:

  • corn
  • lettuce
  • spinach kale
  • cauliflower
  • celery
  • pumpkin
  • mushroom.

3. Store vegetable roots in water

Fill a jar/cup with water. Add vegetable roots or sticks to the jar and store in the fridge.

Best veg to store in water:

  • carrot (cut into sticks)
  • celery
  • asparagus
  • fresh herbs
  • kale
  • bok choy
  • broccoli
  • spinach.

Store potato, sweet potato, garlic and onion in a cool dark place.

These tips will help create:

  • longer lasting veggies
  • less food waste
  • savings on your grocery bill.

Content contributed by Nutrition Australia