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To Refrigerate or Not: That is The Question

Maybe you're on a quest to get your five fruits and vegetables in a day, but the darn things go bad before you even get a chance to enjoy them. What gives?

According to, some fruits emit ethylene, an odorless, colorless gas that speeds ripening and can lead to the premature decay of nearby ethylene-sensitive vegetables. So the first trick to keeping produce fresh is to separate produce that emits ethylene from produce that's sensitive to it and know which to refrigerate and which not to refrigerate.

REFRIGERATE these gas releasers

What shouldn't you refrigerate and what shouldn't be kept in contact with others? Then

DON'T REFRIGERATE these gas releasers
Bananas, unripe

KEEP THESE AWAY from all gas releasers
Bananas, ripe
Brussels sprouts
Lettuce and other leafy greens
Sweet potatoes


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kcreson kcreson 9 years
kcreson kcreson 9 years
teremel teremel 9 years
very nice info
teremel teremel 9 years
very nice info
bpjedi bpjedi 9 years
Speaking of tomatoes, have y'all had any "ugly ripes"? They're sooo good. They cost a bit more, but I've decided it is worth it to eat a tomato that actually tastes like at tomato, instead of styrofoam (sp?).
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
Wow Fit I like this post alot. VERY Informative.
The-Italian-Jem The-Italian-Jem 9 years
It's too hot in SoCal this summer to leave most anything out... it goes bad in a day!
suzanne suzanne 9 years
I'm gonna print this out nd keep it posted in the kitchen until I memorize it... and so my husb won't debate the refrigerate or not issue with me once I do. :)
blackjade blackjade 9 years
HAha! I win. My husband wonders why I keep the sweet potatoes in their own bowl :)
carli79 carli79 9 years
good to know NOT to put my avocados in the fridge!!
Seraphim Seraphim 9 years
thanks fit! good to know :)
Seraphim Seraphim 9 years
thanks fit! good to know :)
eaker eaker 9 years
Ooh good to know, I've been leaving everything out. I guess that's a no no.
Julie2812 Julie2812 9 years
very useful..thank you!
Julie2812 Julie2812 9 years
very useful..thank you!
zc zc 9 years doing a couuple things wrong, but now i know
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 9 years
good topic. I always wonder what to refrigerate.
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