Shelf life for Vegetables ( Middle East)

How to maintain the best conditions to store vegetables safely in the kitchen while the temperature sometimes hit 50 degrees celsius.

However nowadays it’s around 28 degrees celsius maximum.

Can I get them friged ? What’s the ideal temp if so ?

Especially:-
- potatoes
- tomatoes
- cucumber
- carrots
- broccoli
- okras

Ahmed
  • Posted by: Ahmed
  • November 12, 2020
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gandalf November 12, 2020
The typical U.S. refrigerator temperature is 40 F (or 4 C).

I keep broccoli, carrots, and cucumber in the refrigerator; cucumber may last up to a week before it gets soft and shriveled up whereas broccoli and carrots will keep much longer. Usually I freeze okra, and cook it straight from the freezer; but you could probably keep it in the refrigerator for up to a week before using it.

I do not put tomatoes in the refrigerator, because they lose flavor by doing so; I usually keep them in a bowl or on my windowsill after I pick them, and will use them within 4-5 days, depending on how ripe they are when I pick them (also, some varieties of tomatoes take longer to go bad after being picked). You can see soft, brown spots that develop on tomatoes that will tell you when the tomato is going bad.

I keep my potatoes in a dark, preferably cool(er) place; I usually eat them before they begin chitting or go soft. I don't know whether keeping potatoes in a refrigerator has an adverse effect on them.
 
gandalf November 12, 2020
It occurs to me that my house is air-conditioned to around 70 F (21 C), and the tomatoes would be left out at that temperature. If your ambient temperature is significantly higher, I would probably use the tomatoes within 2-3 days of picking them, although you should employ visual cues about spoilage in any case.
 
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