To refrigerate or to not refrigerate!

To refrigerate of to not refrigerate!

A Galley gals worse nightmare! Living on a sailboat means you have a really small kitchen and a an even smaller refrigerator freezer system! John and I just made our fridge more user friendly for a family of three and if you want to learn more information on how we did it join our vault! 

Improper storage:  

Space on a boat is limited, and moist! It can be stressful to think about cross contamination and mold arising! It also plays a crucial part in the life span of some fruits and veggies… So if your wondering if it is refrigeratable or not! Don’t worry because I got you covered right here!

As a General Rule

  • Fruits and veggies should not be stored in the same place. It’s true. They are real-life frenemies and they need their space, on account of the fruit’s flatulence. Okay, not really. But, fruit does give off a gas called ethylene that encourages aging, hastens ripening, and thus, the rotting of innocent bystanders such as veggies. *Hint: This is the single most important step to successful produce storage. 
  • Veggies need air. Vegetables like to breathe (no wonder they don’t like the flatulent fruits much) and should be stored in such a way that allows for some air circulation. Packing veggies in tight or storing them in an air tight container is just asking for speedy spoilage. 
  • A pre-storage wash is not required. Really it’s not even encouraged. Washing your fruits and veggies and putting them away damp is like sending an open invitation for a bacteria infestation and a case of the rapid rot. So, it’s really best to not wash your produce prior to storage, but rather just before you eat it.


    Little Did I Know

    The following are a few fun facts that came as news to me in my research for this post. What about you? Did you know these things? If so, why were you holding out on me?

    • So you know how most refrigerators have not one but two crisper drawers? Yep, that is because one should be used for the fruit and the other for the veg. I had no idea. #mindblown 
    • Potatoes should not be stored next to onions. Nope. Onions in all their layers cause the spuds to sprout, on account of the ethylene gas they give off. Wait. Does that mean onions are a fruit?!?! 
    • Bananas. Want them to keep longer? Pull them apart and cover their stems with plastic wrap. Why? Well, because doing so reduces the amount of ethylene gas they give off, which in turn slows the ripening process. 
    • The key to crisp celery that keeps for a month – aluminum foil. That’s right. Celery tightly wrapped in aluminum foil and stored in the refrigerator will not only keep for a month, it will also remain crisp as the day you bought it. 
    • Cucumbers do not like to be cold. They prefer temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. So, that means the refrigerator is not really their favorite place to hang. Makes you rethink the phrase, “cool as cucumber,” doesn’t it?


      Additional Resources

      These two links are where I got the bulk of the information for this post. And, if you couldn’t tell based on the Little Did I Know section, I needed this info. Turns out – I haven’t been doing myself any favors food waste-wise by putting my cucumbers in the frig, keeping my bananas in a nice neat bunch, and storing my potatoes right next to my onions…

      UCDavis Storing Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for Better Taste 

      The Kitchn’s Guide to Storing Fruits and Vegetables


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