Don’t put your potatoes in the fridge. While that may be glaringly obvious to most, some of the vegetables and fruit on a new list might come as a surprise. Tomatoes, cucumbers and avocado shouldn’t be in there either.
As the weather heats up and food seems to spoil sooner, it’s best to know what’s good on the bench, in the cupboard or in the fridge.
A long list has been compiled by the University of California Davis and includes a surprising amount of fruit and vegetables many would consider fridge friendly.
IN THE FRIDGE
Apples (> 7 days)
Asian pears (nashi)
Herbs (not Basil)
BENCH-RIPEN THEN REFRIGERATE
STORE AT ROOM TEMPERATURE
Apples (< 7 Days)
Basil (in water)
*Store garlic, onions, potatoes, and sweet potatoes in a well ventilated area in the pantry. Protect potatoes from light to avoid greening.
†Cucumbers, eggplant and peppers can be kept in the refrigerator for 1 to 3 days if they are used soon after removal from the refrigerator.