Crisper Drawers Are No Place For Cucumbers

 Whether eating them raw, in a salad, or as part of a stir-fry; nothing is worse for lovers of cucumbers than finding your last cucumber has died while resting in your crisper. What a disappointment. You bought it, thinking it would last until your next craving and here it is, a few days later, and it has become a mushy mess. Where did it all go wrong?

Maybe, that crisper drawer is NOT the best place for your precious cukes.

According to a recent and surprising article, we found that cucumbers should be stored at room temperature, NOT in the refrigerator at all. We know, this flies in the face of all we have held dear in relation to the yummy veggies. But, they grow outside, after all- so maybe there is some credence.

The study states that cucumbers are sensitive to low temperatures. The more we thought about it, the more that made sense. Cold weather kills tons of produce, including cucumbers, every year. So why are we putting the little guys into a place that mimics that type of weather? Temperature below 50 degrees cause them to develop watery areas, dents and pitting.  and levels of accelerated decay.

The study went on to say that the vegetables will last longer, and actually thrive, at room temperature.

If you still can’t stomach leaving them out of refrigeration, you should limit their time in the crisper to no more than 3 days. They should also be kept towards the front of the shelf or drawer, where the temperatures are warmer. Never store them on the bottom shelf, even if that is where your crisper is, because that is often the coldest part of the fridge.

If you are willing to keep these salad stars on the counter, be sure to keep them away from such items as melons, tomatoes and bananas, as these items produce ethylene, which will speed the ripening, thus spoiling, process.

Optimally, if you want your cucumbers cold when you put them into the salad bowl, place them into the fridge for a few hours before dinner, and you will never know they have been resting all week on the counter.