Herbs & Asparagus
Herbs, such as basil, cannot hold up in cold temperatures. I snip off the ends, leave them in a vase with some water, cover it with a ziplock bag and place out of sunlight, so it maintains moisture. It remains fresh for about a week this way.
Uncut, it is best to leave melons at room temperature to retain the antioxidants. After you slice them though, you must refrigerate melons to prevent bacterial growth.
Cold temperatures convert potato starch into sugar. This will result in a gritty texture and a slightly sweet flavor. To retain the natural taste of fresh potatoes, store them in a paper bag and place them in a cool, dark pantry. Sunlight will cause chlorophyll to accumulate, turning potatoes green and sometimes bitter.
These vegetables need air circulation to stay fresh. Store whole onions in a hole-punched paper bag in the pantry but don’t store them near the potatoes! Onions emit gas and moisture causing potatoes to spoil quickly. Refrigerate chopped onions.
Cool air can cause tomatoes to lose their fresh flavor and will accelerate compounds that dulls there flavor. Store fresh tomatoes on the counter so that they retain their flavor.
Apricots, Bananas, Kiwi, Peaches, Plums and Mangoes
These can be kept on the counter until they ripen; they will retain nutrients better, says the Canadian Produce Marketing Association.
Fresh apples should be stored at room temperature. If they start to ripen too much, you can refrigerate them to slow the ripening process.
-By Chef Isabella