Save Space: You Don’t Have To Keep These Foods In The Refrigerator

Cucumbers Go Bad More Quickly In The Fridge

Believe it or not, cucumbers last longer when they are stored at room temperature. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, found that cucumbers are sensitive to temperatures under 50°F. Refrigerators are kept between 38°F and 40°F.

Sliced cucumbers lie on a cutting board.
Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post via Getty Images
Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post via Getty Images

When cucumbers are in the fridge, they can get “chilling injuries.” The excess moisture makes cucumbers rot more quickly. They can develop bruises, become slimy, or turn black. If you prefer cold cucumbers, stick them in the fridge for a few minutes before eating.