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storing vegetables..... possible risk?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 01, 2013 at 5:00 PM

A lot of websites and people recommend that you store some particular types of vegetables in closed containers with a wet paper towel so the vegetable can absorb moisture.

cant that be dangerous? is it not possible for mold and fungi or whatever to form in that closed container after a extended period of time? do you have to switch out the wet paper towel often?

please let me know...

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on March 01, 2013
at 11:50 PM

jake, the crisper is not a sealed container.

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on March 01, 2013
at 11:49 PM

jake, the grocery stores store veggies in the open, so they lose moisture at a very fast rate. Those sprayers are used to keep the produce THAT IS EXPOSED TO AIR as fresh as possible. Like the paleo elephant mentioned, a great deal of that produce is thrown out.

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on March 01, 2013
at 10:55 PM

grocery stores also waste pounds of food everyday... hmm.

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on March 01, 2013
at 10:19 PM

check out my links a coupe posts down.. VVVV

33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

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on March 01, 2013
at 10:06 PM

Maybe water content in the air does not give the same results as water collecting on the surface of the vegetables?

33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

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on March 01, 2013
at 09:41 PM

I can't be misinformed because I have not been informed either way. I just noticed that by drying my vegetables, they stayed fresh longer. I have tested this side by side with the same batch of vegetables and EXPERIENCED either: a) no change in rotting or b) the dried vegetables stayed fresher. In my opinion(based on my experience) those misters cause vegetables to rot and turn "soupy" as I refer to it.

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on March 01, 2013
at 09:35 PM

why would you put vegetables in the crisper on high humidity then? FOR MOISTURE

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on March 01, 2013
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you are misinformed... if that was the case, why would grocery stores spray water via misters over vegetables every 2-3 minutes? also, it is a fact that you have to cut off the tails of root vegetables because it absorbs moisture and the vegetable dries out if you dont..

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33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

on March 01, 2013
at 07:03 PM

I can tell you from experience that any moisture, period, can cause vegetables to mold/rot faster. When I buy my vegetables I wash and dry them immediately before storing and it prolongs the storage life tremendously. I don't suggest a paper towel(it will hold moisture) but some vegetables do seem to store better in closed containers. Radishes, some leafy greens, onions, and peppers I have had good luck with in containers.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on March 01, 2013
at 11:49 PM

jake, the grocery stores store veggies in the open, so they lose moisture at a very fast rate. Those sprayers are used to keep the produce THAT IS EXPOSED TO AIR as fresh as possible. Like the paleo elephant mentioned, a great deal of that produce is thrown out.

5f6d15c9dd935b6fed3623caf984c14e

(439)

on March 01, 2013
at 10:19 PM

check out my links a coupe posts down.. VVVV

5f6d15c9dd935b6fed3623caf984c14e

(439)

on March 01, 2013
at 09:33 PM

you are misinformed... if that was the case, why would grocery stores spray water via misters over vegetables every 2-3 minutes? also, it is a fact that you have to cut off the tails of root vegetables because it absorbs moisture and the vegetable dries out if you dont..

32d059a467e99a4fc83201407a4a238d

on March 01, 2013
at 10:55 PM

grocery stores also waste pounds of food everyday... hmm.

33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

(502)

on March 01, 2013
at 09:41 PM

I can't be misinformed because I have not been informed either way. I just noticed that by drying my vegetables, they stayed fresh longer. I have tested this side by side with the same batch of vegetables and EXPERIENCED either: a) no change in rotting or b) the dried vegetables stayed fresher. In my opinion(based on my experience) those misters cause vegetables to rot and turn "soupy" as I refer to it.

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I've never seen a wet paper towel suggested. I've seen a dry paper towel suggested to absorb any moisture put off by the veg in a container that is not sealed completely.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on March 01, 2013
at 11:50 PM

jake, the crisper is not a sealed container.

33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

(502)

on March 01, 2013
at 10:06 PM

Maybe water content in the air does not give the same results as water collecting on the surface of the vegetables?

5f6d15c9dd935b6fed3623caf984c14e

(439)

on March 01, 2013
at 09:35 PM

why would you put vegetables in the crisper on high humidity then? FOR MOISTURE

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on March 01, 2013
at 06:52 PM

Jake: I'd be interested in hearing what websites are recommending vegetable storage like that. But here's the best way to store vegetables...

FERMENTATION!

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Resources: The Definitive Guide to Fermented Foods @ Mark's Daily Apple

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