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How to Store Produce Properly During a Pandemic

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6. Blueberries

Blueberries are hardier than blackberries or raspberries, but should still be washed gently, with any crushed or moldy ones discarded. They’re not porous like blackberries and raspberries, so don’t need to be spread out in a single layer to avoid spoilage. Instead, dry them thoroughly and store them in a vented plastic bag.

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7. Cherries

Resist the urge to wash cherries when you first bring them home; it might cause them to split or to spoil too fast. Instead, store them in the refrigerator in an uncovered bowl or a paper or plastic bag left open at the top. Wash them just before eating.

8. Corn

The best way to deal with fresh corn is to eat it as soon as possible. Its sweetness starts to dissipate the moment it’s harvested, so the longer you wait to eat it, the less enjoyable it will be. If you have to store it, simply refrigerate it, unshucked.

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9. Leafy herbs

Leafy herbs like basil, cilantro, mint, and parsley should be treated like flowers. Trim their root ends, then put them in jars of cool water and set them aside at room temperature and use them as soon as possible.

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10. Leeks

Leeks are hardy vegetables and can simply be stored in the refrigerator crisper drawer. Be sure to wash the dirt they tend to accumulate out of the green leaves before cooking them.

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