What fruits can be stored in the fridge?

In this article, we will answer the question “What fruits can be stored in the fridge?”, and what fruits and veggies should not be stored in the fridge?

What fruits can be stored in the fridge?

Fresh fruits such as Apples, Berries, and Grapes, should be stored in the fridge in their original packaging. If the packaging is damaged, use plastic vent bags for refrigerating grapes, blueberries, cherries, or strawberries.

Other fruits that need to be refrigerated are Grapefruit, Lemon/Limes, Oranges, Pineapple, Rhubarb, and Watermelon, etc.

Always use separate, reusable plastic bags to preserve and organize your produce. If you can afford it, your best bet is to use lidded plastic containers or lightweight stainless steel containers. Because they are sustainable and environmentally friendly. 

Fruits and veggies should not be kept in the same container. Because some fruits such as apples, peaches, and pears release high concentrations of Ethylene gas, that can spoil the veggies such as lettuce and crucifers that are susceptible to it.

Fruits that need to ripen first on the counter

Fruits such as Apricots, Avocados, Guava, Kiwi, Mangoes, Melons, Nectarines, Papaya, Peaches, Bananas, and Plums need to ripen first on the counter before refrigeration. 

Recommended fruit storage time in the fridge 

Recommended fruit storage time in the fridge 

The refrigeration times recommended for fruits in the table below are just estimations. You will eventually need to use your senses to judge whether the fruit has spoiled or not.

Fruit Recommended refrigeration time Fruit Recommended refrigeration time 
Apples 3-4 weeks Melons (ripe)7-10 days 
Apricots (ripe)4-5 days Nectarine (ripe)3-5 days 
Avocado (ripe)3-5 days Oranges 2-3 weeks 
Blueberries 1-2 weeks Peaches (ripe)3-5 days 
Cherries 4-7 days Pear (ripe)5-7 days 
Cranberries 3-4 weeks Pineapple 3-5 days 
Gooseberries 2-3 days Plums (ripe)3-5 days 
Grapefruit 2-3 weeks Pomegranate 1-2 months 
Grapes 5-7 days Prickly pear (ripe)1-3 days 
Guava (ripe)3-4 days Raspberries 2-3 days 
Kiwi (ripe)5-7 days Rhubarb 5-7 days 
Mango (ripe)5-7 days Strawberries 3-5 days 
Watermelon 2 weeks 

Can I store fruit in a root cellar?

Depending on the temperature and humidity of your root cellar, some fruits can be stored in it. A cool, dark, and dry root cellar or a cupboard makes for a good storage place for fruits such as apples. You can keep your apples in the root cellar for up to 6 months.

Can you freeze your fruit?

Yes, you can freeze your fruit to extend its shelf-life. Most of the frozen fruits stay good for up to a year in the freezer. Frozen fruit can be processed into a smoothie, used to bake muffins, quick bread, added to hot cereal, mixed with yogurt, or used to make fruit sauce for waffles and pancakes.

How long can I store canned fruit?

Canned fruit, as long as it is unopened, can sit in the pantry for up to 1-2 years. The use-by date printed on the canned fruit package is an estimation of how long the fruit will maintain its peak quality.

Vegetables to keep in the fridge 

Some fruits and veggies need to be refrigerated to keep them fresh. These include Asparagus, Beans, Beets, Bok choy, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Fennel, Greens, Leeks, Mushrooms, Okra, Peas, Peppers, Root veggies (Turnips, Rutabagas, Parsnips), Spinach, and Summer Squash/Zucchini.

Produce you should not store in the fridge 

Produce including Onions, Potatoes, Winter Squash (like Butternut or Acorn), Sweet potatoes, Tomatoes, Bananas, and Persimmons should not be stored in the fridge.

Garlic and onions, that have not been peeled, can sit on the counter. Once peeled or cut, they need to be wrapped in clingfilm and stored in the fridge. Potatoes release high concentrations of Ethylene gas, therefore, should be refrigerated away from the rest of the produce. 

Starchy foods such as potatoes should be stored in a cool, dark, and dry place. Instead of a plastic bag, use a basket to contain your potatoes, or else the potatoes will be spoiled due to trapped moisture. 

Produce that can do either way 

Produce that can be kept in the fridge as well as the counter includes Corn, Apricots, Avocados, Cantaloupe, Carambolas (Star Fruit), Figs, Honeydew Melon, Kiwi, Mangoes, Papayas, Peaches and Nectarines, Pears, and Plums, etc.

All these fruits and veggies are better off refrigerated if they are not to be consumed within 1-2 days of their purchase. 

Conclusion 

In this article, we answered the question “What fruits can be stored in the fridge?”, and what fruits and veggies should not be stored in the fridge?

References 

https://www.unlockfood.ca/en/Articles/Cooking-Food-Preparation/How-to-store-fruit-to-keep-them-fresh.aspx
https://www.bhg.com/recipes/how-to/cook-with-fruits-and-vegetables/how-to-store-produce/
https://www.marthastewart.com/8040649/fruits-vegetables-storage-guide-countertop-refrigerator

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