Dr Oz: Should You Store Produce On The Counter Or In The Fridge?

By on April 11, 2011

Dr Oz: Counter vs Fridge For Produce

Dr Oz played a game called “On The Counter Or In The Fridge” to teach us the best place to store our produce in order to keep it fresh and to preserve nutrients.  Where do you think you should store cucumbers, lemons, limes, onions and tomatoes?  On the counter?  Or in the fridge?  Here is where Doctor Oz said that we should store our fruits and vegetables:

Dr Oz: Where To Store Cucumbers?

Doctor Oz said that you should store cucumbers on the counter and not in the fridge.  Cucumbers are a great source of Vitamin C and Magnesium, but if you store Dr Oz Where To Store Producethem in the fridge, then they get yellow and turn watery.  Cucumbers will last around one week.

Dr Oz: Where To Store Lemons & Limes?

Dr Oz said that you should store lemons and limes in the fridge, because they will last longest there.  These citrus fruits are rich in Vitamin C, which is an important antioxidant for all of us to get.  By storing your lemons and limes in the fridge, they will last up to three weeks.  Also, Doctor Oz said that you should look for lemons and limes with thin skin, because they tend to be juicer than lemons and limes with thick skin.

Dr Oz: Where To Store Onions?

Dr Oz said that onions should be stored on the counter.  If you keep onions in a cool temperature, like in the fridge, then the starches turn into sugars – just like what happens with potatoes.  So you should store both potatoes and onions in a dark, dry place such as a pantry, and then your onions will last up to a whole month.

Dr Oz: Where To Store Tomatoes?

Doctor Oz said that tomatoes should be stored on the counter and used within 4-5 days.  If you cut open a tomato, you should finish it up right away because it won’t keep for long that way.  If you store a tomato in the fridge, then the water expands and destroys the taste and flavor of the tomato.

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Comments to Dr Oz: Should You Store Produce On The Counter Or In The Fridge?

  1. Great info! I had no idea that keeping onions in a cool place turns the starches turn into sugars as in potatoes! That is exactly where I store my onions and potatoes! This information is priceless…thanks for sharing this…now I am about to go and take my onions and potatoes out from the fridge!! Lol

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