How-To Store Cucumbers to Last Longer
Since we just published our Cucumber and Tomato Salad recipe I thought it was very timely that I just now read an article about storing cucumbers. Years ago I was in Costco buying a whole container of tomatoes and who ends up standing next to me but the produce manager of a large local supermarket. When I commented that I didn’t know what they did to their tomatoes but they sure do last a long time he said that they’d last even longer sitting in a colander on my counter. Seems that tomatoes are one vegetable that really don’t like it cold.
Who would have known that cucumbers are the same way? But that’s what the folks at Root Simple say! Seems if you stick them in the fridge that they’ll only last up to 3 days but will last far longer left out on the kitchen counter! The only thing is, do NOT store them in the same colander as the tomatoes (or bananas or melon for that matter) at they emit a gas when ripening that make each other spoil faster. Now if you HAVE to store them in the fridge do like Christy suggests and store them up there on the top shelf, you know, with the milk.
So next time you come home from the store or pick some cucumbers in your yard make a centerpiece out of them on your counter or kitchen table! They’ll add color and last longer!
p.s. have you tried the salad yet?
Learn how you can keep a cucumber firm, which is how they should stay, with proper storage in this free health video on how to store food.
Expert: Christi Ferretti
Bio: Christi Ferretti comes from a teaching background, but found her passion in the gourmet catering industry.
Filmmaker: Reggie Hayes