We all want to eat better, but keeping healthy fruits and vegetables fresh can be tricky. Most of us would put all our produce in the fridge, hoping to keep them from going bad before we’re ready to eat them.
However, some fruits and vegetables don’t fare well in the refrigerator. Certain fruits and vegetables will rot faster in the fridge, thanks to the humidity and cold temperatures. This can lead to produce that gets ripe before you’re ready to eat it, then begins to rot.
The ripening process in every fruit or vegetable is different, and the desired level of ripeness varies, too. Avocados, for example, ripen quickly, but they can quickly become too ripe to enjoy. This makes storage tricky, because you want that perfectly ripe (but not too ripe) avocado. Other types of produce, like apples, stay good for long periods of time and simply don’t require refrigeration.
When considering how to store your produce, you’ll also want to consider the temperature you want for eating or preparing your produce. Melons don’t need to be refrigerated, but many people enjoy the taste of a cold, refreshing watermelon in the summer. On the other hand, avocados are often more difficult to mash into guacamole when they’re cold and stiff.
There are many benefits on choosing produce that doesn’t require refrigeration. Fruits and vegetables that don’t need to be refrigerated can make storage simpler and save space(in your fridge). You’ll also save space in your fridge by only refrigerating the produce that really needs the cold to stay fresh. Plus, certain kinds of produce will taste better and last longer outside the fridge.
For ideas on produces that are easy to store, check out this list of fruits and vegetables that don’t need to be refrigerated and still be fresh and delicious. You may be surprised by how many of these fruits and vegetables you’ve been storing incorrectly.