Radishes are best stored in dark and damp basements, basically re-planted into moisturized dirt so that you can pluck them out whenever you need or want to. These hardy roots will keep reasonably well just about anywhere, though, long as you follow our advice!
There’s a number of reasons why you might want to keep a solid stock of radishes at hand. Spicy and crunchy, this refreshing root can be thrown into just about any meal to add a bit of much-needed zest to it. From salads to risottos – it’s all fair game for the mighty radishes.
Generally speaking, there are four ways for you to store virtually any amount of this root veggie, depending on how long you aim to keep it around. Down below, we’ll explain each of them, as well as some things that you ought to keep an eye on.
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How to Store Radish
As we said, radishes can be stored virtually anywhere short of the freezer (they don’t take kindly to particularly low temperatures), and any of the following techniques will help keep them fresh and crunchy for longer than they otherwise would have been.
Room Temperature Storage
Basically the go-to option if you want to keep radishes for a few days at a time, all you need is a big bowl (like this one) filled with about two inches of water – just enough to submerge the roots while letting the leaves stick out.
For this storage technique, radishes need to be unwashed and untrimmed, and keep in mind that you’re going to need to keep changing the water daily to keep the roots in tip-top shape. Keep an eye out for leaves going limp, as that will be a signifier that it’s time to change the water.
When it comes to radish refrigeration, you’ve got two ways of going about things. The first will be to store radishes in a big enough mason jar (this one should work well). Scrub the roots clean with a brush, cut off the tops so that there are no leaves attached to the root, and then put them into your mason jar that’s been filled with water.
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Simple enough, right? As long as your radishes are fully submerged, and as long as you ensure that your jar is tightly sealed, you’ll easily get a week and a half before they start going bad.
If you don’t feel like fiddling with mason jars, though, you could opt for refrigeration bags (recommendation) instead. This time, though, do not wash the radishes. Just get rid of excess dirt, cut off the tops, and then set them down in plastic bags with damp paper towels inside.
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If you manage to line the bag with enough paper towels, and if you squeeze all the air out of the bag before storage, you may very well get an even longer shelf-life than you would with a mason jar!
Finally, for those of us who have a root cellar, it’s pretty obvious that radishes would take kindly to it. The goal here is to emulate the conditions that radishes had initially grown in so that they’re basically transplanted from one soil to another.
First, you need to prepare a container filled with damp sand. Any old box will do, mind. Even a shoebox, if that’s all you can put your hands on. Note that the sand should not be drenched with water: you just want it to be reasonably moist. Use a spray bottle to carefully apply the right amount of moisture.
When the container is ready, just plant your radishes as-is, without cutting anything off or cleaning them by a substantial amount. You want to disturb the roots as little as possible for this to work.
At this point, the only thing you need to worry about is that your radishes don’t touch one another, and that their stems and leaves aren’t in direct contact. This way, if one succumbs to rot, it shouldn’t spread to other veggies, too.
How Long Can Radishes be Safely Stored?
If you store your radishes in a plastic bowl filled with water, you’ll get about 3-4 days of time before they start to spoil. By tossing them into the fridge, you can get up to two weeks before the same thing happens.
Finally, if you end up going with our basement storage suggestion, you may get up to three months of time before your radishes expire. A pretty great result, if you ask us!
How to Tell if My Radishes Have Already Gone Bad?
The best way to tell if radishes have gone bad is to check if they’ve gone soggy and soft. When healthy, these roots will be firm to the touch, and though you can generally still use them when they’re slightly softer, they’ll lose their signature crunch.
Otherwise, look for any other hallmark of spoilage in veggies. Dark spots and mold will be a clear signifier that something’s gone wrong, but if you notice any odd smells, that’s a warning sign, too.
Radish Storage Mistakes You Need to Avoid!
There’s not much wrong you can do with radishes, all things considered. A common mistake we often see, though, is that people clean them up and cut off the stems and roots way too early.
Generally, if you’re not looking to immediately use the radishes, and unless you’re going with the fridge storage option, you should keep your bulbs mostly intact. The more bits you take off with a knife, the easier it will be for radishes to spoil, so it makes sense to be rather careful in this respect.
Radishes are a hardy root that’s easy to keep around for a pretty long while. Given that they’re as versatile as they are, we feel that it’s a good idea to have a bag (or jar) ready to go for awesome summer salads when needed.
Now that you know everything important about keeping them cool and crunchy for longer stretches of time, we reckon this won’t be a big issue at all. Good luck!