So, I've been getting local produce delivered. It's great in the summer, but because I am a picky eater and do not care for winter greens or turnips, radishes, etc., I now have a backlog of onions, lemons, carrots, potatoes and apples.
I can applesauce and make pies for freezing, so that is not a big deal.
And for the lemons, I have been juicing them and freezing the juice in ice cube trays (although I did make some lemon curd and it was great!).
But when I got so many onions/potatoes I put an three drawer plastic storage bin in the bottom of my utility closet for the onions/potatoes. They are in separate drawers, but apparently that is not enough because my potatoes spoil (turn to liquid) much quicker than I've ever seen. Plus the onions start to sprout really quickly. I know the produce (at least when i get it) is fresher than my grocery store, so I am assuming my issue is storage. So, how far apart do I have to store my onions/potatoes from each other? Different rooms? The only other spot I have handy is on top of my fridge, can I store one or the other up there? Or is it not dark enough?
Based on advice from this board, I know potatoes can't be frozen easily. But can I freeze the onions and carrots after they've been chopped? I know the kind you buy in the store are flash frozen, so I was wondering if this would be an issue, since all I have is a regular side-by-side fridge/freezer. I do have a vacuum sealer, so I would probably chop everything up, then vacuum seal it, then freeze. In the summer I have an abundance of squash/bell peppers, I'd like to try to freeze these, as well. Any tips?
So to sum up my questions:
1. How far apart do onions and potatoes have to be stored from each other?
2. Can I use the top of my fridge a storage area for onions or potatoes (I'd leave the other in my utility closet)
3. Can I chop and freeze vegetables and get good quality like the freezer section of my grocery store? Or is it a no-go because I cannot flash freeze them? How long can they stay in the freezer if I vacuum pack them?
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