8. March 2021
plant based diet

Fresh vegetables! Welcome to ReShape.'s ultimate guide to storing fresh vegetables for longer. Find out the easiest tips and tricks!

The global pandemic has resulted in everyone limiting their trips to populated spaces, therefore to ensure you can get the most out of your weekly shop, follow these tips on how to store your vegetables to maximise their shelf life!

Firstly, when returning from the grocery store it is essential to wash all vegetables with water and a touch of vinegar. This is especially important considering the current circumstances, we all need to limit the possibility of catching COVID! Always remember to wash your hands and the vegetables before storing them away.


To ensure your celery keeps fresh, one easy storage tip is keeping the roots in water! Place the celery in a glass of water and place in the fridge, this will help them to last longer ensuring you get the maximum longevity out of the product.


Fresh herbs from the grocery store can transform a meal, therefore it is essential to store them for maximum shelf life. For herbs such as Parsley and Chives, the first action you should take when returning home is immediately cut off the ends and remove the rubber band connecting the herbs. Store the herbs in a glass of water in the fridge, ensuring you remember to change the water regularly! This will keep your herbs fresher for longer.


Carrots will have a short shelf life if they are not stored in the right way. To keep them fresh for as long as possible, submerge the vegetable in a bowl of water and place them in the fridge. Once again, remember to change the water every other day to keep the carrots as fresh as possible.



When storing broccoli, it is essential to cut off the end of the vegetable, like you would with flowers, and place in a jar of water submerging the bottom of the broccoli in water. This will ensure your broccoli lasts for as long as possible! 


Beetroot’s can shrivel and soften extremely quickly without the correct storage. To ensure your beetroot has a maximum shelf life, place the root of the beetroot in water. 


Radishes can go soft in one or two days without the correct storage. They will last the longest if you cut off the leaves after purchasing, store in a jar of water and place in the fridge. Change the water every other day to ensure it stays fresh and remember the green leaves on radishes are completely edible. They are perfect for making pesto or for adding to your salad.

Field Greens

Greens such as spinach and lamb’s lettuce can often go slimy after a couple of days of opening. You can maximise their shelf life by cleaning them straight after purchase, picking out the leaves that do not look healthy, drying the rest of the greens and storing them in a cotton bag or bamboo bowl. Field greens do not often last long in plastic containers due to the condensation. Once your spinach does become extremely dry, use it within meals instead of throwing away. It a less wasteful option for these vegetables and can avoid you dealing with the slimy and nasty smell.


Mushrooms do not last in plastic containers due to condensation. Changing your buying habits to ensure you purchase mushrooms without the packaging is a fantastic waste saving action and can help when storing these vegetables for longer too. Keep them in the paper bag you purchased them in or transfer them to a cotton bag for maximum shelf life.

Green Onions

Green onions are a fantastic vegetable because they can regrow in your own home! All you need to do is remove the rubber bands they are bound in and place them in water. Green onions require you to replace the water as often as you can, because the water can go gross rather quickly. In order to maximise shelf life, put your green onions in water and place on a window sill. Remember, never throw the end pieces away, place them in water and you should be able to see regrowth very quickly.

One overall tip that is essential for keeping all these vegetables for as long as possible, is fridge temperature! Keep your fridge at the lowest temperature, to have the freshest vegetables for longer!  


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