Storing Parsnips

Parsnips are one of my favourite vegetables.  Like carrots, parsnips become sweeter with cold storage because more starch is converted to sugar. The following tips for storing parsnips will help you get the best flavor from these vegetables.


Store parsnips in a cool, humid environment.  Ideally, parsnips should be stored under the following conditions1:

  • Temperature: 32°F (0°C)
  • Relative Humidity: 90-95%

Parsnips can be stored in a perforated plastic bag in the vegetable crisper of your refrigerator.  If the green tops are still attached, they should be removed before storing your parnsips.  Otherwise, they will draw moisture from the roots.

Do not wash parsnips before storing.

Cooked parsnips can be refrigerated and used within 3 days.

Parsnips can be frozen for long term storage.  To freeze parsnips, first wash and peel them.  Blanch them in boiling water for 2 minutes and then immediately cool in ice water.  Drain the parsnips and pack into freezer bags.  Parsnips can be frozen for 8 to 10 months.

Fully cooked parsnip purée may also be frozen for up to 10 months.

Parsnips can be stored for several weeks (up to 4 months).

1. Storing Vegetables at Home.

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