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Produce: When and How to Refrigerate Them

Produce: When and How to Refrigerate Them Spuds, onions, and tomatoes need to be stored in a cool, dry place; all other vegetables should be refrigerated. But fruit is tricky: It shouldn't go into the fridge until at its peak. Keep items that continue to ripen after you bring them home -- apricots, avocados, bananas, cantaloupes, honeydews, kiwis, mangoes, peaches, pears, and plums -- at room temperature until they begin to soften, then transfer them to the crisper, says Ximena Jimenez, RD, an American Dietetic Association spokesperson. (Although the cold will turn a banana's peel black, it won't affect the flesh.) All

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