As summer finally gets underway and the days get longer, the warm weather has us craving strawberry shortcakes, blackberry cobbler, peach pie, and juicy slices of watermelon. Luckily gardens and grocery stores alike are filled with all of our seasonal favorites right now. However, keeping all those summer fruits fresh can be a challenge and there is nothing worse than seeing a perfectly good peach go to waste.
Whether you’re growing your own or just picking up berries at the local farm stand or even more local Publix, here’s how you should store your summer fruit, to keep it fresh until you’re ready to enjoy it:
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Uncut watermelons, honeydews, or cantaloupes can be stored in a cool spot. Once cut, they can be kept in the refridgerator for three to five days.
Unripe peaches should be left on the counter at room temperature until they are ripe.
It’s best to eat them right away, but ripe peaches can be stored in the refrigerator for two or three days, although the texture may change. If you can’t eat all your peaches when they are ripe, slice them and pop them in the freezer.
Sort out soft or moldy strawberries, then store unwashed in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator and they should last about three to seven days. Since water can speed up degradation, it’s best to only wash berries right before eating—just warn any straight-from-the-fridge snackers to wash before eating.
Store these stalks in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. They should last about a week.
Store cherries in the refrigerator and they can last for about one week.
Unripe plums can be left on the counter in a closed paper bag until ripe. Then move them to a plastic bag in the refrigerator where they should last for three to five days.
Like most other berries, don’t wash blueberries before storing them away. Keep them in a covered bowl in in the refrigerator and they’ll last about two weeks.
Like other berries, don’t wash raspberries before storing in the refrigerator. Raspberries are sensitive to humidity, so keep them in the fridge in a breathable container like the ones they are sold in at grocery stores. They will keep for about two to three days in the refrigerator.