Radishes come in several shapes, sizes, and colors, all with their own unique flavor. The radish is an easy to grow vegetable that is great for beginning gardeners.
This cool weather root vegetable is hardy, grows quickly, and can be planted multiple times within a growing season. Radishes can be enjoyed raw or cooked. There are a lot of amazing recipes that elevate the typical radish, and personally, I love the spicy flavor that they add to stir-fry.
Some radishes are spicy and peppery while others have a milder, sweeter flavor. Regardless of what radish flavor you prefer, they have to be stored properly if you want to keep them fresh for more than a couple of days.
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After a few days in the refrigerator or on the kitchen counter, radishes start to get soft, and lose not only their amazing crispiness but their flavor, too. Whether you bought too many radishes at the store or you have a large harvest you want to last for months to come, here are some of the best ways to store your radishes both short and long-term.
There are a few different ways you can store radishes for short-term use. The amount of time they will stay fresh depends on the method you use to store them.
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Radishes can be stored on the kitchen counter in a cool spot, but they only last a few days before they start losing their crispy texture. Here are alternatives to counter top storage that are quick and easy.
Cold Canning Jar Method
The cold canning method will keep your radishes crisp and fresh for about a week.
- Wash the entire radish, removing the tops and root strands.
- Toss the prepped radishes into a clean glass canning jar. Be careful not to over pack the jar.
- Fill the jar with enough cool water to keep all of the radishes fully submerged.
- Close the lid tight and store it in the fridge.
Check your radishes periodically throughout the week to be sure they are all submerged and still crisp. Remove any soft or squishy radishes.
Hydrocooling will prolong the freshness of your radishes for up to three days when stored on the counter and for 5 to 7 days if stored in the refrigerator.
- Fill a bowl with about 2 inches of cool water. Use an appropriate size bowl so your radishes aren’t packed tight.
- Rinse the radishes leaving both the tops and roots intact. This way, you can use the tops for other uses.
- Place the radishes in the bowl making sure they’re partially submerged.
- Avoid having the greens in the water.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
If the leaves start to go limp or change color, it’s a sign that the freshness is fading, and you should use your radishes as soon as possible.
Plastic Storage Bag Method
This method can keep your radishes fresh for a week or more.
- Clean and cut the radishes removing the leaves and roots.
- Slice the radishes into 1/4-inch-thick uniform pieces.
- Add a damp paper towel to the bottom of a plastic storage bag.
- Add a thin layer of radishes on top of the damp paper towel, and cover it with another piece of damp paper towel.
- Continue to layer radishes and damp paper towels until the storage bag is full.
- Make sure the top layer is towels and not radishes or they will dry out.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
How to Store Radishes in a Root Cellar
Luckily, radishes are one of the produce items that store well long term. Radishes, similar to potatoes, carrots, and other root vegetables, store well in a root cellar or basement for up to three months! Here’s how it works:
- Remove the radish tops and use them later or discard them to your compost pile or bin.*
- Fill a box or crate with cool, damp sand. Make sure your crate or box has enough space so the radishes can be placed comfortably without crowding.
- Place the unwashed radishes in the sandbox. It is important that you don’t allow the roots to touch the sand because this can cause root rot.
- Cover the radishes completely with the damp sand.
Check your produce at least once a week. You might have to wet the soil again to be sure it remains damp and cool. However, avoid adding too much water or your radishes will rot.
*Do not wash the radishes before storing them in a root cellar as this will cause them to grow mold and rot.
How to Freeze Radishes
I have never actually frozen fresh radishes myself because I eat them too fast! But I do know the process and there’s a little more to this method than simple cold storage.
Radishes have a high water content so it isn’t wise to just toss them in the freezer. You’ll end up with mushy soft radishes when it’s time to use them. Though you can certainly freeze radishes, keep in mind that the texture and the taste are slightly different.
- Clean and trim the tops and roots off of the radishes.
- Slice the radishes into medallion shapes, leaving the skin on.
- Blanch the radish medallions for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Remove the blanched radishes from the hot water and place them into a bowl of ice water. Make sure all of the radish medallions are fully submerged.
- Drain the radishes well and store in an airtight freezer-safe container for up to three months.
Don’t forget about the radish tops. They are edible and tasty! You can eat them raw in salads, sandwiches, and mixed with other greens. Or, you can cook them as you would spinach or collard greens.
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Radishes are an amazing root vegetable. You can enjoy them as a snack, add them to hot or cold dishes, and cook them as a side. However, you choose to enjoy this awesome root vegetable is up to you and your taste buds.
Having knowledge about how to store them properly is great because it means you can harvest or purchase extra and not have to be in a hurry to use them.
Let us know in the comments some of your favorite ways to enjoy radishes. We’re eager to hear about them. Happy Homesteading!