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Storing Food in the Refrigerator

Fresh fruits

Storage recommendations are for 37 degrees Fahrenheit

Bananas

  • Refrigerate only when fully ripe
  • Skin will darken

Apples

  • Discard bruised or decayed fruit
  • Don't wash before storing because moisture encourages spoilage
  • Store in crisper or moisture-resistant bag or wrap
    1 to 3 weeks

Berries, cherries

  • Discard bruised or decayed fruit
  • Don't wash before storing because moisture encourages spoilage
  • Store in crisper or moisture-resistant bag or wrap
    1 to 2 days

Citrus fruit

  • Wrap cut surfaces to prevent vitamin C loss
  • Discard bruised or decayed fruit
  • Don't wash before storing because moisture encourages spoilage
  • Store in crisper or moisture-resistant bag or wrap
    3 weeks

Juices, canned, bottled or frozen reconstituted

  • Keep fruit juice tightly covered
  • Transfer canned juice to glass or plastic container when opened
  • Do not store in cans
    6 days

Melons

  • Wrap cut surfaces of cantaloupe to prevent vitamin C loss
  • Wrap uncut cantaloupe and honeydew to prevent odor spreading to other foods
    1 week

 

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