Rutabaga is a root vegetable originating from Russia and the Scandinavian States; it is rounded in shape. It has a purple-colored upper surface, and from the bottom, it is white. It somewhat resembles turnips and has a mixed taste like cabbage and turnips, it can be eaten raw with salads, and you can add them to your cuisines.
Rutabagas can remain good for 5-6 months at room temperature in your kitchen pantry, they have a pretty long life span, but they can go bad if they are not stored properly. So it is better to follow all the precautions before storing them.
How To Store Rutabaga
Suppose you have leftover rutabagas and wondering how to store them. In that case, you don’t have to worry because they are easy to store and remain good for a long time, but all food items need to be stored carefully as eating rancid or spoiled food can leave dangerous consequences on your health.
When it comes to vegetables, almost in all vegetables, it is advised not to wash them before storing, keep them separated from each other, never put them along with another type of vegetables, keep them refrigerated if you want to save them for later.
Now there are some of the ways are given below, which you can follow while storing rutabagas,
Keep it at Cool and Moist Place.
Rutabaga can easily get dried out if they are not placed in an optimum humid environment, so always store your rutabagas at a cool place and cover them with a damp kitchen towel or napkin; this way, they are retained their flavor and remains fresh.
Storing Fresh Rutabaga
If you want to store rutabaga to use it in its off-season, it is advised to store the freshly harvested rutabagas as they are more stable. If they are stored properly right after being harvested, their life span will increase by twice.
Do not wash them before storing, because it will cause early spoilage in them.
Vegetables remain fresh after being refrigerated. It is better to store them in a refrigerator than to store them at room temperature even though they remain good at room temperature, but preference should be given to refrigeration.
You can refrigerate them in 2 ways, one is as a whole, and the other is in the form of slices; if you want to store them as a whole, wrap them with a damp towel and put them into a vegetable basket of your refrigerator.
If you want to store them as slices, cut them into small slices and put these slices into an airtight container with perfect seal and then store them on a shelf of your refrigerator.
Can You Freeze Rutabagas
Freezing rutabagas is the best option to use them for up to a year; to freeze them, first, peel them and cut them into four equal quarters, now lie them onto a baking tray in such a way that they are separated from each other, and let them freeze for the whole night. The next day transfers them into heavy-duty freezer bags and puts this bag into the freezer.
You can also freeze them as shredded form, and the process will be the same as above; this way, you can use them for almost nine months, and they will remain good.
How Long Does Rutabaga Last
Rutabaga has a long life span, and they will remain good for 5-6 months at room temperature, and their shelf life can be increased if stored in a refrigerator or freezer. But you have to follow all the precautions before storing them because they can go bad if they are not properly stored.
Like if you are storing them in your kitchen pantry, make sure to keep them in a well-ventilated place and try to maintain gaps in between them because if one piece is spoiled, it will spread spoilage to others as well.
If keeping them in the refrigerator, check for any sign of spoilage and remove the spoiled piece to avoid early spoilage in all of your rutabagas.
How To Tell If Rutabaga Is Bad
When you have leftover rutabagas, and you are wondering whether you should use them in your cuisines or not, or you want to buy new rutabagas and to look for the best ones, you can check for the following indications of spoilage and avoid buying or using such rutabagas,
- Mold Growth: If you notice dark grey or black spots on your rutabagas, you should never use them because this is a sign of spoilage.
- Soft Texture: Normal rutabagas have firmed hard textures, but they will turn super soft after being spoiled, so check for soft texture before using or buying them.
- Offensive Odor: When you notice that an offensive odor is coming out of your rutabagas, it means they have gone bad, and it is time to toss them over.