It’s easy to rely on plastic food storage containers to help keep your organic produce fresh, but there are a variety of better options available. Check out our tips for storing fresh produce without plastic.

Cloth Bags

Hearty items like potatoes, onions and garlic do best in cool, dark places and can be easily stored in the reusable, cloth produce bags you used to purchase them. Be careful not to overcrowd the bags, as a bit of air circulation will help preserve freshness.

Kitchen Towels

Tender greens such as bunched spinach and mustard greens can be rolled in a slightly damp kitchen towel and placed in your refrigerator’s crisper drawer.

Mason Jars

The ever-versatile mason jar can be used to store asparagus, celery and sturdy greens such as kale, collards and chard. Be sure to remove any bands or ties, then store upright with a little bit of water on the counter or in the refrigerator.

Glass Storage Containers

To store root vegetables like carrots, parsnips and beets, cut the tops off and store in a glass container in the refrigerator with a moist towel draped over the top. Leaf lettuces also store well in glass. Wash and thoroughly dry the lettuce, then layer leaves in an airtight container, separating every few layers with a towel.