How to Store: Spring Root Veg
How to Store: Spring Root Veg
We often think of root vegetables as autumn/winter crops, but many root veg can be started as late spring or early summer crops. We often call the spring versions “babies”, including baby potatoes or baby beetroot. Because the growing conditions of the veg are different at this time of year, the storing methods are different as well. Let’s take a look at how to store spring root vegetables!
Tops and Tails
What makes spring root vegetables different from their autumn and winter versions is that they are younger, more tender, and often still have their tops - the leaves that are visible above the ground. Beetroots, carrots, radishes, turnips, and others will still have their tops this time of year that are just as tasty and packed with nutrition. When storing root veg with tops, we recommend separating the tops from the roots and storing them separately. It is best to use the tops sooner rather than later as they won’t keep as long.
Remove the tops from the root veg and gently shake out any excess dirt or grit that may be trapped in the leaves. Store in a perforated container or reusable plastic bag in the fridge’s crisper drawer or on a shelf where they won’t get crushed and have some ventilation. For best results, don’t wash them until you’re ready to use them.
Storing Spring Root Vegetables
Baby Beetroot - Fresh, new season beets can be stored in a bowl or open container on the countertop if you need the free space in the fridge. Separate the tops and store them in the fridge. If after a few weeks your beetroots begin to feel soft, you can revive them with an ice water bath.
Carrots - Remove the carrot tops and store in the fridge or use them in a recipe as soon as possible (try carrot top pesto!). Carrots like to keep cool and keep a little moisture, so store them in the fridge either in an open container or wrapped in a slightly damp paper towel to keep them fresh and crisp for over a month. If kept cool and just moist enough to stay fresh, they will last for months in the fridge! But we of course recommend eating them sooner.
Kohlrabi - Store your kohlrabi in the fridge either in a perforated container or mesh bag to maintain airflow. Remove the leaves and store separately so the kohlrabi will last longer in the fridge. With leaves, it can be stored for a few weeks, without the leaves it can last for months in the fridge.
Radishes - Store radishes in the fridge. Remove their tops and keep them in the fridge, as well. Shake off any excess dirt but only wash your radishes when you’re ready to cook them.
Turnips - Brush off any excess dirt and store your turnips in the fridge. Remove their tops and keep them in the fridge, as well. Turnips also like a little extra moisture, so store in the crisper drawer in the fridge or try placing a slightly dampened towel over them.
Potatoes - New season potatoes do not need to be refrigerated like a winter storage potato. Brush off any excess dirt and let them dry out if they are damp or covered in mud. Then store in a cool, dry, dark place with some ventilation. You can keep them in their paper bags or transfer them to another container of your choice, just keep the light out. Only wash them when you are ready to cook them.
Because root veg can last for quite a while when stored correctly, we recommend using a First In, First Out method to avoid accidental food waste by leaving veg too long in storage.
Also, prioritize using the leafy tops and softer, more perishable spring vegetables first since they don't store for very long. If you need some inspiration on how to use your vegetables, visit our Seasonal Recipes page for ideas!