Radishes are one of those vegetables that you either love or hate it. They are known for their crispy texture. These vegetables are great for making a fresh salad. At the store, you’ll mostly find radishes bunched together for sale. Most people will buy them and not use all of the radishes. Like other vegetables, radishes tend to not last very long once it’s harvested.
In this article, we will cover the proper storage of radishes, how long radishes last, when they go bad, and how to keep them fresh longer. If that’s what you’re looking for, keep reading.
Do Radishes go Bad?
Radishes will go bad due to many factors. Some of them are the room temperature is too hot, not storing them properly, or the radishes have reached it’s prime.
Once it’s harvested, the vegetables will start to slowly go bad. To ensure that it stays fresh for as long as possible, you’ll need to properly store them.
One of the things that make radishes go bad is the temperature. The temperature at which it’s stored at can make a big difference in its shelf life. Radishes are high in water content. This means the hotter it is, the faster the moisture in the radish will be lost.
Therefore, radishes should always be stored in a cool place like the refrigerator. This will help prevent them from spoiling too quickly.
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Radishes don’t do well at room temperature. At room temperature, they will last for a couple of days. If the room temperature is hot, the vegetables won’t last longer than a day. The radishes will lose their moisture quickly due to the heat.
In the refrigerator, radishes will last up to 2 weeks. This is if it’s prep first and properly stored.
For black radishes, they tend to last longer in the refrigerator. Keeping them properly stored will keep them fresh for 1-2 months.
If you’re planning to eat radish greens, they should be stored in the refrigerator. In the fridge, radish greens will last 2-3 days.
How To Tell When Radishes Go Bad
Like any other vegetables, radishes will go bad after a while. When it does go bad, there are signs of spoilage that you should look for. Radishes take a while to completely go bad, so you have time to save them.
- Soft or soggy texture. Fresh good quality radish will be firm all around. If some or all parts of the radish lose some of that firmness, it’s starting to go bad. It becomes soft due to losing some of its moisture. If it’s slightly soft, you can still use them. If the entire vegetable is soft and soggy to the touch, it’s past its prime and should be thrown away.
- Visual signs of decay. If there are mold or black spots on the outer skin of the radish, it’s a sign that radishes are bad. The presence of mold means the radishes have lost a lot of moisture and the flesh inside is no longer edible.
- Have an off smell. Fresh radishes have a very subtle smell to them. If they have a strong smell along with a soft texture, you should throw them out.
For radish greens, when they go bad, look for the following signs:
- Leaves – The leaves will become dry or wilted. You can still use them, but the flavors will be lost.
- Colors – Instead of the lush green colors, it will be darkened or have black spots all over it.
- Smell – Fresh radish green should not have any smell to it. If it smells like anything else, or you don’t recognize the smell, throw it away.
How To Store Radishes?
At room temperature, radishes don’t need anything to store them. They can simply be left on the countertop or in the pantry for a couple of days. Make sure to use them within this time, or they’ll start going bad quickly.
The refrigerator is the best place to store radishes. The temperature is cool and will keep the vegetable fresh for a long time. When storing radishes in the fridge, they can be stored in an airtight container or freezer bag. The container and bag will help retain moisture in the radishes.
There’s only one exception to radishes when using a plastic bag. For black radishes, it’s not recommended to use a plastic bag or an airtight container. They tend to last much longer when it’s dry. Therefore, for black radishes, it’s best to use perforated plastic bags instead.
Another way to store radishes in the refrigerator is to store them as a cut or sliced. By prepping them first, you’ll save a lot of time later preparing them for a meal or a salad.
After it’s cut or sliced, place the radishes into an airtight container. Place a paper towel on the bottom of the container to help absorb the moisture from the radishes. This will prevent the radishes from sitting in their own water which could cause them to become mushy and soft.
In the crisper drawer is another place to store them in the fridge. When storing them there, you don’t need to put them into any storage container. Simply wrap them in a paper towel and place them into the crisper drawer. They won’t last very long like they would be an airtight container or plastic bag though.
Can You Freeze Radishes?
Radishes taste best when it’s fresh. Sometimes, you may need to store them in the freezer to preserve them longer. If that’s the case, yes, you can freeze radishes.
Freezing radishes isn’t recommended if you’re planning to use them for making a fresh salad. Once it freezes, the texture will change. It won’t be as crunchy as when it’s fresh.
If you’re using them for making soups or stews, frozen radishes will work.
Freezing radishes will require prepping them first. Just simply putting them into a freezer bag and placing it in the freezer will destroy it. Whole radishes will start cracking when it’s frozen. Sliced and cut radishes will suffer from freezer burn which will lose their texture and taste.
In order to preserve the texture and taste while it’s in the freezer, you should use the blanching method. Blanching radishes will help retain their texture, color, taste, and nutrition.
When storing radishes in the freezer, always use a heavy-duty freezer bag or an airtight container that’s suitable for freezer usage.
How To Keep Radishes Fresh Longer
To keep radishes fresh longer, you’ll want to buy those that are fresh. Since most radishes don’t come with an expiration date on them, it can be hard to tell how fresh they are. Therefore, you should look at the quality of it before buying it. Make sure there are no blemishes or cut on the skin of the radish. The color should be bright red. The leaves of the radish should be green and not wilting.
Besides the grocery stores, another great place to buy radishes is at the farmer’s market. Radishes sold there are usually harvested a day or even on the same it’s sold. This will ensure that the radish you’re buying is at its freshest.
How do you get the bitterness out of radishes?
Radishes will usually become bitter when it’s harvested when the temperature is hot. If the pungency of the radish is too strong, you can simply reduce it by placing it in salt water for 10-20 minutes. Another option would be to steam the radish for 5-10 minutes.
Do you soak radishes in the water?
You don’t need to soak the radishes in water. However, if the bitterness is too much for you, soaking them is a good way to make it milder. The longer the radishes are soaked in water, the less bitter it will get. Between 40-50 minutes should be enough time to keep them soaked in the water.