I am going to go over just how radishes should be stored in order to preserve their freshness and keep them nice and crisp.
Thinly sliced they make for a healthy crunchy chip when air-fried or dehydrated, often seen in rice bowls or even roasted whole makes for a delicious side with chicken or beef entrees.
The question remains… How do you store radishes? Are they like onions which shouldn’t be stored in the fridge or more like ginger, as it is also a root, and better off stored in the fridge?
How to properly store radishes
Surprisingly, radishes are pretty versatile. Most people just think of salad when they think or see radishes. Although their peppery, refreshing, crunch adds a nice touch to a garden salad.
You want to make sure that the radishes have not gone bad before you even start.
I am going to go over a couple of extremely easy kitchen hacks that will keep your radishes lasting up to 2 weeks before they start softening.
There are a few different ways of going about storing radishes and I am going to cover all of them. So, whichever best suits your needs, give it a try.
Depending on how fresh your radishes are will determine how long they will be able to be stored without going bad.
All of these ways can work for daikon radish, white radish, watermelon radishes, and pretty much any variety.
1. Storing Radishes Room temperature
If you think you are going to use your radishes in the next few days, this method will be great. You want to simply fill a bowl 1/3-1/2 of the way full with cold water. Then place your bulbs with the root ends submerged in the water.
Keep the leafy ends attached until you are ready to use them. Storing your radishes this way will give you a few days of freshness.
2. Storing Radishes In the refrigerator in water
If you need your radishes to last you upwards of 5-7 days then I recommend storing them in the fridge. You can’t just stick them in the produce bag in the fridge and expect them to last though.
Cut off the leafy tops with a sharp knife and put them all into a canning jar. If you don’t have a canning jar you can use an old salsa jar, jelly jar, or anything like that.
You want to make sure that the jars are thoroughly cleaned first.
Put the radishes into the jar and then fill it with cold water. You want all of the roots to be completely submerged. They will last you up to a week left in the fridge in a jar like this.
3. Storing Radishes In the refrigerator in a bag
Storing radishes correctly in a bag in the fridge will give you 1-2 weeks of fresh radishes. All you need is a Ziploc bag and a few dampened paper towels.
Place a damp paper towel in the bottom of the bag, and place your trimmed radishes in the bag on the paper towel. Then you will want to add another damp paper towel on top of the radishes.
Get out as much air as you can, seal the bag and place the bag in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.
Take out what you need when you are craving a crisp little radish and then reseal the bag the rest will keep stored for up to two weeks.
4. Storing Radishes Celler or Basement
Ok, I know some basements can be dingy and scary but they are the perfect environment for storing radishes. Think about how they grow. In the dark, damp, moist ground!
Grab any small box you might have kicking around, a shoebox size is perfect. Fill it with some moist dirt. If all you have is dry dirt just mist it with some water and you are good to go.
Now push your whole radishes into the dirt, stems, and leaves still attached. You want to make sure that they have a little room at the roots but they can be close to each other.
Mimicking the environment that they grow in allows them to last you a long while. They can last you up to three months if you keep an eye on them.
I recommend that you keep checking on them weekly to make sure that the dirt is still damp. If it feels dry give it a spritz and leave it.
If you are new to radishes you will want to check out my post on how to cut radishes.
How To Store Sliced Radishes
Store sliced radishes by putting them in a container with water or in a baggie with a moist paper towel.
It’s better to wait to cut your radishes until you need to to keep them nice and crisp. If they are already cut and you want to keep them crispy.
As long as you keep them moist they will stay crisp for a day or two before they start to turn rubbery and not so fresh.
How to Store Radishes in the Freezer
To freeze radishes, you will need to cut or slice them first. After that, blanching is the next step to preserving the nutrition and flavor of the radishes before freezing.
Lastly, make sure to remove them from any moisture before putting them in a freezer-safe bag or container.
What is a good way to preserve radishes?
A good way to preserve radishes for later use is by wrapping the radishes in a damp cloth and placing them in the refrigerator.
Another way to store radishes is by pickling them. Pickled radishes are a milder alternative to pickled onions
Radishes should not sit out longer than a day. Radishes that are left out for more than a day at room temperature will become rubbery and start to lose their great flavor.
I recommend at the least, sticking them in the fridge.
Storing them in a jar with water will help you preserve your radishes for a few days to a week.
A great way to keep sliced radishes crisp is to make sure they are dry before storing them. If the slices have a wet surface, they will stay soggy and limp.
You can use a paper towel or kitchen towel to wrap the sliced radishes and store them in an airtight container.