We buy so many fruits and vegetables on a weekly basis but are then extremely disappointed when they go bad before we got a chance to use them. I always soak up any information that will help keep my produce fresher, for a longer amount of time.
I came across a great guide from Organic Authority on which fruits and veggies should NOT go in your refrigerator. While some produce is fine on the counter or in the fridge, there is some produce that does much better when left at room temperature.
10 Pieces of Produce to Keep Out of the Refrigerator
Keeping bananas in the fridge blackens the skin and ripens the fruit early, making it mushy. Keep bananas in a colorful basket on your counter as a decor element.
As tomatoes get cold, they become mealy. I don’t know anyone who likes a mealy tomato. A tomato’s nutrients also dull as they cool. Store at room temperature to get all the lycopene out of your tomatoes!
To ripen an avocado, you must leave it at room temperature. However, once your avocado is fully ripe, stick it in the fridge if you’re not quite ready to use it. This will help slow the ripening process. Once cutting an avocado, leave the pit in or cover in lemon or lime juice to keep from browning.
Store cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon at room temperature until you are ready to cut them. Once cut, store in your refrigerator to keep fresh!
Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes can be stored on the counter for at least a week. To keep fresher for an extended time, you can turn to your fruit crisper in the fridge for storage.
Right after being picked, apples should be stored at room temperature for about a week. Chances are, the apples you purchase at your local grocer have been off the tree at least that long. These are okay to store in your fruit crisper.
7. Stone Fruits
This category includes peaches, nectarines, and plums. These fruits will ripen best on the counter- putting them in the fridge slows this process down immensely. To quickly ripen these fruits, stick them in a sealed brown paper bag until ripe.
I learned something new- storing potatoes in cool temperatures breaks down the starches in the potatoes, which can make them gritty and overly sweet. Keep potatoes on the counter with the other produce!
Organic Authority says keeping your onions in the fridge can cause them to get moldy and mushy. Leave them out at room temperature. Once you cut an onion, make sure to store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Keeping garlic in the fridge causes it to lose its flavor- be sure to keep heads of garlic out of cool places. Once you break open a head of garlic, make sure to use the cloves within 10 days!
I loved the basic info in this article from Organic Authority. The problem is not the refrigerator, but learning how to store produce and where to store produce for optimal flavor, ripeness, and health benefits.