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Handling & Cooling

Handling, Cooling and Sanitation Techniques for Maintaining Postharvest Quality
This excerpt from the Vegetable Production Handbook includes a valuable overview of factors that affect postharvest quality and steps to ensure quality is maintained. It includes a table of recommended storage conditions and cooling methods for maximum postharvest life of commercially grown vegetables.

Postharvest Handling of Fruits and Vegetables
This publication covers postharvest practices suitable for small-scale operations and highlights the importance of production and harvest techniques for improving quality and storage life. Various methods for cooling fresh produce are discussed and resources are listed for further information, equipment and supplies.

Postharvest Handling of Horticultural Crops
Downloadable information leaflets from N.C. Cooperative Extension include Cooling, Handling and Quality Maintenance. PDF versions are available for printing.

UC Davis Postharvest Publications Library
A database containing over 1,400 articles and presentations authored by UC postharvest specialists, USDA postharvest researchers and others. The database is organized by topic and searchable. Download in PDF format.

Maintain the Cold Chain
This PowerPoint was created by UC Davis. The presentation includes information on harvesting, cooling, storage and transportation of fresh produce. The presentation highlights particular challenges for specialty crops in maintaining the cold chain and preserving nutritional quality.

PostHarvest Overview
Penelope Perkins-Veazie, Justin Moore, and Jonathan Baros presented information at the Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo. Their presentations contained information on post harvest cooling.

PostHarvest handling and cooling of fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers for small farms.

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