Different types of foods have different storage requirements. It's especially important to store fresh produce in optimal conditions to preserve its flavor and quality.
What you can do today
- Know your storage times for food in the refrigerator and freezer
- Review specific storage guidelines, including shelf life, for various fruits and vegetables: Garden Gleaning: A Toolkit for Growers and Food Shelves
Tips for success
- Be sure to remove any spoiled food immediately. One spoiled item can cause food around it to spoil.
- If your cold storage and hours of operation are limited, coordinate the timing and amount of your fresh food donations with your distribution so that food does not spoil before clients can take it.
- If your turnover is slower than average, prioritize acquisition of produce and other fresh foods with relatively longer shelf lives.
How Extension can help
Connect with the food safety team to answer your food safety questions: Food safety program team.
Reviewed in 2023