Refrigeration Reformation

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The first thing to know about what to put in your fridge is what not to put in it. UC Davis’s Postharvest Technology Research & Information Center says that refrigeration damages many types of produce. Bananas will turn black, tomatoes will lose flavor, sweet potatoes will harden in the center when they are cooked after being in the fridge, and even the summer favorite chilled watermelon is a bad idea, since the melon will lose flavor and color after three days in the cold. Refrigeration can also ruin the texture of produce, says the Cornell Cooperative Extension, which found that cucumbers become mealy and regular potatoes rot faster. (And we’re only talking about whole produce here, not cut-up stuff.)
For the best flavor/texture, leave out:
  • Onions
  • Pineapple
  • Pomegranates
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Winter squash
  • Bananas
  • Bell peppers
  • Citrus
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Mangoes
  • Melons
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