December 25, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm #607570WIYMember
Like the title says, which fruits and vegetables shouldn’t be refrigerated specifically if you want them to last longer?December 25, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm #915590☕ DaasYochid ☕Participant
frozen strawberriesDecember 25, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm #915591nishtdayngesheftParticipant
Banana.December 25, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm #915592rebbi1Participant
tomatoesDecember 26, 2012 12:54 am at 12:54 am #915593WIYMember
I just figured this one out. They go really bad in the fridge.December 26, 2012 1:10 am at 1:10 am #915594farrockgrandmaParticipant
bananas do not go bad in the refrigerator. The skin turns brown, the bananas actually stay fresh longer.December 26, 2012 1:18 am at 1:18 am #915595OneOfManyParticipant
Most fruit should be kept out of the refrigerator until ripe.
Keeping them in paper bags helps them reach optimal ripeness.
Source: My motherDecember 26, 2012 2:06 am at 2:06 am #915596shmendrickMember
EsrogDecember 26, 2012 2:09 am at 2:09 am #915597mewhoParticipant
i buy kirbies and they dont last long no matter which way i try to store them…any suggestions? and i have googled it but havent found a good solutionDecember 26, 2012 2:32 am at 2:32 am #915598golferParticipant
OOM, I think your mother was referring to stone fruit: peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots; apples, pears, citrus, can be refrigerated with no ill effect.December 26, 2012 2:36 am at 2:36 am #915599yitzykParticipant
I once put a bag of onions into the fridge by mistake. In just a day or two they become soggy and spoiled.December 26, 2012 3:15 am at 3:15 am #915600MammeleParticipant
Avocado, let ripen out of the fridge. Potatoes – needs ventilation esp. if you won’t use fairly soon, but refrigeration isn’t good.
Mewho: Try wrapping your kirbies in paper towels in the fridge to absorb the moisture and keep it from spoiling too soon. Don’t expect miracles though, they don’t stay fresh for long.December 26, 2012 3:47 am at 3:47 am #915601OneOfManyParticipant
golfer: I think the point was that they ripen better in bags out of the fridge, not that they suffer from being refrigerated. So of course they CAN be refrigerated – but they SHOULDN’T be.December 26, 2012 6:00 am at 6:00 am #915602NechomahParticipant
My father, z”l, used to work in the produce department of a supermarket. I learned a lot from him. I would suggest you look at how a supermarket stores their fruits and veges. There are sections that are with refrigeration and even a watering system. There are other sections that are not. I think any fruit or vege can be kept without refrigeration until it is ready (or almost just ready) to eat. Then if you want to keep them from spoiling, refrigerate. Exception: Potatoes and onions. Like OOM says, if you buy fruit that is not yet ripe, putting it into a paper bag will speed the ripening process, but once it is ripe, put it in the fridge to keep it a little longer if you’re not yet ready to eat it (like you need it for Shabbos, YT, etc). I put all cukes and tomatoes into the fridge unless they’re green. Nothing like a cold cuke on a hot summer day!!!
Also, with melons, like cantaloupe and watermelon, the longer they are kept unrefrigerated, the more they ripen and the more the sugars inside become concentrated, leading to a sweeter tasting melon. Once you cut it, into the fridge it goes.December 26, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am #915603uneeqMember
(Sorry for the tasteless joke)December 26, 2012 1:58 pm at 1:58 pm #915604yehudayonaParticipant
Nechomah, you’re wrong about tomatoes. Refrigerating them compromises the flavor. Supermarket tomatoes have no flavor anyway, so it doesn’t much matter, but if you refrigerate a real tomato, you’ll turn it into a supermarket tomato.December 26, 2012 2:51 pm at 2:51 pm #915605shmoolik 1Participant
Mahn does not need to be refrigerated it goes bad within 24 hours no matter what you do. Except over weekends it keeps from Friday morming till after kidush on ShabbatDecember 26, 2012 6:39 pm at 6:39 pm #915606mewhoParticipant
thanks mammaleDecember 26, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm #915607NechomahParticipant
After how long are your tomatoes going back in the frig? (I’m not talking taste here, just spoilage). Once a fruit/vege is ripe, if it’s not eaten, the ripening process will take it to its conclusion – rotting of the fruit/vege to expose the seeds to allow it to replant in the soil. This is how plants/trees have progeny. Their seeds (inside of the fruit) is protected by the edible part and then once the fruit has been removed from around the seed (either by eating it or by rotting away), then the seed when left alone will eventually be covered by soil and another tree/vine will grow. The warmer the environment, the faster the rotting will happen. So again I will say that if you want to preserve your tomatoes for another couple of days, keep them in the frig. They may not be soooo tasty, but then you’d better eat them right away when they’re ready.
BTW – I’m in EY, so we don’t have the supermarket effect on the tomatoes.December 27, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am #915608nannyMember
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