How to Store Turnips

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At long last, your efforts have been paid by a bountiful harvest.  You have successfully picked healthy – and plenty — of turnips.  But you can’t cook all those turnips at one time.  Some of them will have to be stored.  The question is, how do you store turnips?

 

After harvesting turnips, cut the greens off from the root right away.  Doing this would prevent the leaves from drawing moisture from the root which can cause it to be dehydrated.

Don’t throw the greens away!  Like the roots, the leafy tops of turnips can also be eaten.  Wash the greens thoroughly in cold water, discarding the tough stem.  Shake off any excess moisture.

After washing the greens, let it sit in cold water with two tablespoons of salt for about five minutes.  This would kill tiny insects that have clung to the leaves and that washing may not have removed.  Then, wash again for the last time.

Now you can put the turnip greens in Ziploc bags and stow them away in the fridge.  They will keep up to five days at temperatures of 32 to 34 degrees.

If you are going to use some of the roots the next couple of days, wash them thoroughly, making sure no dirt is left on the skin.  Put them in a plastic food bag or container and store it in the refrigerator.

For turnip roots you won’t be using in the near future, do not wash them.  Instead, place them in a box or container in a single layer and select a dark and cool area in your home.  You should also choose a location that is well ventilated to allow the turnip’s potent odor to dissipate.

Never store turnip roots with the tops still attached nor should they be densely packed.  Doing this would accelerate rotting.  Follow these guidelines and you can be sure to have turnips the next six months.

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