TLC FOR YOUR VEGGIES
Lemons - Uncut lemons can be left out on the counter. Once cut, place inside a zip-locked bag, squeezing out as much air as you can. In this state, the lemons may retain most of their juice and flavor for as long as four weeks.
Tomatoes - Depending on ripeness, tomatoes can stay for up to two weeks on the counter. To hasten ripeness, place in a paper bag with an apple.
Kale - Wash kale dry and store your kale in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The less moisture possible is best.
Papaya - A papaya that is partially yellow should be left at room temperature and allow to ripen for a few days. If you want to speed this process, place in a paper bag with a banana. Ripe fruit should be stored in the refrigerator and consumed within one or two days for maximum flavor.
Onion - Store in a cool and dry area that is not exposed to light. Uncut onions should last two to three months on the shelf. Once cut, cover exposed flesh with plastic wrap and store in the fridge.
Sweet Potato - The best way to store sweet potatoes is to select an area that is dry and cool. Some recommend washing and rinsing potatoes prior to storage. This could easily lead to rot, with too much moisture left on the sweet potatoes. If the dirt on the sweet potatoes is an issue with storing, use a dry cloth to remove any excess dirt. Importantly, do not store your sweet potatoes near certain other vegetables as the sweet potatoes can cause the others to ripen more quickly than preferred.
Cucumber - Wrap in a moist towel and place inside the fridge. If you’re planning on eating them within a day or two after buying them, they should be fine left out in a cool room. Lasts up to a week in the fridge.
Kabocha - Tender and glossy skin is a sign of unripeness; you want your kabocha to have the ugly matte, gourdy look. Store your kabocha on a cool counter area for up to a month. Once used, store cut pieces in an airtight container in the refrigerator will keep for up to five days. Cooked kabocha can be kept in the freezer inside an airtight bag for up to six months.
String Beans - Store unwashed fresh beans in a reusable container or plastic bag in the refrigerator crisper. Whole beans stored this way should keep for about seven days.
Butternut Squash- Store a whole butternut in a 50-degree-Fahrenheit room, and it lasts 2 to 3 months, with no special care needed. Ideally, you want to keep squash whole as long as possible; it develops a complex sweetness as it matures. If you still haven't used the squash after a month or so, preserve it. Squash stores for a year in the freezer and indefinitely if canned.
Lettuce - Lettuce is best stored in a dry package and kept in the crisp drawer for five to seven days.