What Produce Survives Best Outside of the Refrigerator?

What Produce Survives Best Outside of the Refrigerator?

Faith Durand
Jun 13, 2011

Q: Living in a tiny rented apartment, my husband and I have an even tinier refrigerator with a nearly microscopic crisper drawer that won't fit more than a few fruits and veggies. Despite months of trial and error testing, we still can't figure out which produce survives best outside of the crisper.

Do you have any recommendations?

Sent by Ingrid

Editor: Ingrid, this is a good question! How do you shop for and store produce when you have very little fridge space? Personally, I don't find that the crisper in my refrigerator is all that effective. I store jams in one drawer, and citrus in the other. Other than that, I try to only buy produce that I will use within a few days.

Also, I find that some hardy greens (cabbage in particular) do fine outside of the fridge for a couple days. Potatoes, onions, garlic, ginger, and other root vegetables don't need to be refrigerated at all, and oranges and lemons are OK if left in a cool spot for a few days.

Readers, what other advice and tips would you offer to Ingrid?


Related: Where To Store What In the Refrigerator

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