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Storing cut jicama?

rworange Mar 7, 2009 10:14 AM

I don't buy this often and if I do I get the small size.Someone gave me a large jicama and I'm wondering if I cut it all up at once how long will it last in the fridge and what is the best way to store it. The Chow ingrediant list doesn't seem to deal with it. I'm guessing from this they mean if a piece is cut off, cover the rest in wrap

http://www.chow.com/ingredients/79
"Refrigerate after cutting, wrapped in plastic, for up to 1 week"

  1. c oliver Mar 7, 2009 10:24 AM

    This might help you some thought it doesn't exactly answer your question:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/561341

    My stayed sliced for days in great shape. So I'm guessing your unused part will also. I was really pleasantly surprised.

    1. kchurchill5 Mar 7, 2009 10:34 AM

      I just rubbed a little lemon on it and then wrapped in plastic very tight. It was fine. I do this all the time. It stays well.

      1. goodhealthgourmet Mar 7, 2009 11:24 AM

        a light rub of any citrus juice will do the trick to help keep it fresh. i love jicama with lime, so that's what i usually use on mine...and when you're ready to eat it, hit it with a little more lime juice and a pinch of chili powder. delicious!

        1. r
          rainey Mar 7, 2009 01:03 PM

          I think it keeps very well. The outer layer will dry some but it will not darken. You can just run a veggie peeler over it again and the layer just beneath will be firm, juicy and sweet.

          1. Sophia. Mar 7, 2009 03:53 PM

            I've wrapped cut jicama in a damp paper towel and kept it in a tupperware or a ziploc bag and it's been fine for a couple of days. I don't know about a week, though--it's never lasted that long.

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              Saddleoflamb Mar 7, 2009 04:17 PM

              I would think it has the characteristics of a potato.....store in H2O

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              1. re: Saddleoflamb
                goodhealthgourmet Mar 7, 2009 04:55 PM

                no need to store it in water - in fact, that much moisture make it slimy & cause it to spoil more quickly.

              2. k
                KTinNYC Mar 7, 2009 05:25 PM

                Why would you cut it up all at once. It will definitely store better if left intact. Think of jicama as a combination of apple and potatoe.

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                1. re: KTinNYC
                  rworange Mar 7, 2009 05:35 PM

                  Why would you cut it up all at once

                  Sloth. I'm not a kitchen person. I just want to suffer through this once.

                  1. re: rworange
                    k
                    KTinNYC Mar 7, 2009 06:10 PM

                    Ah, understood. Lemon juice as well as little oxygen as possible.

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