Produce Storage Guidelines
Temperature fluctuates from front to back of a cooler due to the location of the cooling unit and the
frequency of the door being opened.
Divide the cooler into three area and store as Noted:
Bean Sprouts *
Alfalfa Sprouts *
Store Mushrooms & Strawberries
on opposite sides of cooler,
on the lowest shelf.
Cover to extend shelf life.
|* Store as far away from light as possible, usually in back of the cooler.
Tropical Fruit: Pineapple, bananas, papayas, mangos, avocados should be used upon arrival, but
if additional ripening is needed, store at room temperature. Once ripe, all but bananas can be held in
refrigerator for a short period of time.
Tomatoes: Should be held at room temperature to ripen and then used immediately. Be
carefully not to over-buy - if you refrigerate a ripe tomato, it loses flavor.
Dry Storage: Recommended for potatoes, onions, garlic, ginger root, rutabagas yams. Do not
refrigerate these items.
Some fresh fruits continue to ripen after they have been harvested while others do not. Whether or not a
fruit continues to ripen is a key factor in determining its storage and shelf life. Fruits that require
additional ripening should be stored at room temperature until they become ripe. Fruits that do not ripen
after harvesting should be stored in a cool area until they are used.
|Fruits That Ripen
||Fruits That Don't Ripen