Aside from bananas and unripe pineapple, I don't store any fruits on the counter. They go bad too fast. I also like to eat my fruit cold.
When strawberries & blueberries are in season, I stock up on them. I wash & slice the strawberries & freeze them on a cookie sheet in a single layer; then put them in freezer bags - great for quick desserts & smoothies. For blueberries, I wash & freeze the same way. If I need to berries fresh, I put the container in the green bags. They will stay up to 1 week in the fridge that way.
As for vegetables, I don't store any on the counter either. A cucumber will rot in a few days if left on the counter. If a tomato isn't ripe enough I'll leave it on the counter for a day or two only.
If you want accurate information on food storage, google it. There are several websites that have better information than this article.
- 5/28/2011 5:12:54 PM