We just learned some surprising information about the best way to keep cucumbers fresh. Apparently we've been doing it wrong; how about you? According to a post at Root Simple, cucumbers should be stored at room temperature – not in the refrigerator. We knew this about tomatoes
, but cucumbers, too?
Root Simple cites the University of California, Davis, which determined that cucumbers are sensitive to temperatures below 50°F and may develop "chilling injuries" including water-soaked areas, pitting, and accelerated decay. If you must refrigerate your cucumbers, limit it to 1-3 days and eat them as soon as possible. (We'd also suggest keeping them off the bottom shelf, which is usually the coldest part of the fridge.)
In addition, cucumbers are highly sensitive to ethylene and should be kept away from bananas, melons, and tomatoes, in particular.
Read more: Don't store your cucumbers in the fridge at Root Simple
Related: A Guide To Storing Fruits and Vegetables Without Plastic
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