Food

Foods that Don’t Belong in the Fridge

34. Cucumbers The cucumber is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family. Other members of the family include squash and different kinds of melon, including bitter melon.… Rina - October 15, 2020
cucumbers should be stored at room temperature. Shutterstock.

34. Cucumbers

The cucumber is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family. Other members of the family include squash and different kinds of melon, including bitter melon. Cucumbers provide various nutrients but are low in calories, fat, cholesterol, and sodium. The saying might be “cool as a cucumber,” but cukes are actually quite sensitive to the cold. These crisp greens fare best when left at room temperature.

According to a post at Root Simple, you should store cucumbers at room temperature – not in the refrigerator. Root Simple cites the University of California, Davis, which determined that cucumbers are sensitive to temperatures below 50°F. When stored at room temperature, cucumbers thrive and last longer.

They’ll only ripen, though, if you keep them out of the fridge. Shutterstock.

35. Avocados

Avocados that need ripening should be kept well away from the fridge for four to seven days. Chilling them will prolong the process and can cause them to go off more quickly. Once ripened they can stay in the fridge until you want to eat them. Want to try something other than avocado on toast? Many avocados available at the grocery are green and hard, and need a couple days to ripen before they’re ready to eat.

They’ll only ripen, though, if you keep them out of the fridge. The only time you should refrigerate an avocado is when it’s completely ripe, but you’re not ready to use it. Then, refrigeration will give you an additional day or two before it goes bad. Store whole avocados on the counter. If they’re very soft, you can get a few extra days by putting them in the fridge, but you’ll pay for it in flavor. It’s better just to enjoy them right away. Don’t buy more than you can use.

 

Where did we find this stuff? Here are our sources:
https://www.farmersalmanac.com
https://www.lovefood.com
https://www.bobvila.com
https://www.canitgobad.net
https://foodsafety.wisc.edu
https://www.thekitchn.com
https://everydaykoala.com

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