Last Updated on February 26, 2021 by goubl
- Reserve celery cool and damp, 32°-40°F (0°-4°C)—as cool as possible without icing–and 95 percent relative dampness. A cold and moist storehouse is a hurdle. A fridge is cold, but the air is dry.
- Envelop celery in a damp cloth or paper towel and place it in a perforated synthetic bag in the vegetable crisper section.
- Celery with the stalks attached will keep in the refrigerator for a few days without leaves for up to two weeks.
- If celery is collected too warm or too cold, the quality will decay, and stalks will turn yellow and pithy.
- Corn for a new use: For safe consumption, corn should be made as soon after gardening as possible such as within an hour or two, for the best quality. Don’t separate the covers until you are ready to cook. You can collect unhusked corn in the fridge for up to a week. Most classes will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week.
- Freezing corn: Corn solidifies well after blanching. You can blanch and freeze corn either on or off the cob. For freezing or bottling, place ears in 1 gallon of boiling water and blanch for 3 minutes after the water turns to a boil: cold cobs and cut kernels from cob at about three-fourths the base of the seed. Do not scrape the cob.
- Canning corn: Can corn using a pressure cooker. Wash jars. Prepare lids according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Can whole-kernel corn in pints or quarts. Cream-style corn must be packed in half-pint or pint jars only.
- Pickling corn: Immature ears can be pickled.
- Reserve cucumbers at 50°-54°F (10-12°C); a chilled locality in the kitchen is best, not warmer than 59°F. Cucumbers will turn jaundiced-looking and decay rapidly if not kept cold.
- You can cool cucumbers for about a week in the vegetable crisper of the fridge. Do not chill cucumbers below 40°F (4°C). Dip it in cold water or wipe them tidy with a damp cloth, then place the fruit in a perforated plastic bag; this will prevent the fruit from drying out. (Refrigerators are dry, not humid.)
- Sliced cucumbers should be refrigerated in a bowl capped with plastic wrap to keep slices fresh and prevent dehydration.
- Cucumbers stored below 40°F will become pitted, yellow, and start to die.
- Avoid collecting cucumbers with apples or tomatoes; ethylene (a natural plant hormone released in the form of a gas) given off by those fruits will make cucumbers yellow.
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