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It Turns Out We Shouldn’t Keep Cucumbers In The Fridge

It Turns Out We Shouldn’t Keep Cucumbers In The Fridge

Do you ever find something out and it makes you feel like your whole life is a lie?

Well, not to be dramatic, but that's how we felt today when we discovered we'd been storing cucumbers wrong for pretty much our whole lives.

Yep, according to the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, cucumbers actually decay faster when they're stored below 10 Celcius for three days.

The college goes on to suggest putting them in the cupboard instead of the fridge, stating that refrigerating them can lead them to get "cold injury" and also encourage "wateriness" and "pitting".

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Sorry WHAT?! Suddenly the phrase 'cool as a cucumber' makes ZERO sense.

Alice Beer broke the news during a segment on This Morning yesterday, also revealing that eggs should be kept in the fridge and lemons and nuts should also go in there.

And, naturally, like the rest of us, Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were *shook*.

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"Hang on a sec, my fruit bowl's gonna have cucumbers sticking out of it and my lemons are gonna be in the fridge," Holly protested. "The world's gone mad!"

The same debate was going down on Facebook, too, as a page named Feeding a family on £1 a day shared an infographic teasing the same information.

Room temperature cucumber, anyone?! (Credit: Unsplash)
Room temperature cucumber, anyone?! (Credit: Unsplash)

Simply not accepting the new rule, one wrote back: "WHO DOESN'T REFRIGERATE CUCUMBERS".

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As another quipped: "The same psychopaths that put milk in tea first, milk before cereal in a bowl and cut toast lengthways I think."

We can't say we disagree.

This reminds us of the age old debate over whether to refrigerate chocolate.

For years, some have been adamant their Dairy Milk bar should be chilled, while others would point blank refuse to eat theirs if it wasn't room temperature.

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But recently, Cadbury Australia settled the score once and for all, after one Twitter user, Bruno Bouchet, created a 'definitive' list of all items that need to be left in a cupboard or fridge.

The fridge/ cupboard debate doesn't end at cucumbers (Credit: Shutterstock)
The fridge/ cupboard debate doesn't end at cucumbers (Credit: Shutterstock)

He wrote: "The 100 per cent accurate and definitive list of what does and does NOT go in the fridge. Don't bother commenting, this isn't up for discussion," sharing a picture of chocolate bars and other food items including champagne, eggs and tomatoes in the cupboard, while coffee, peanut butter and Ketchup sat in the fridge.

Tagging Cadbury and asking them to confirm his choice, he then penned: "Yo @CadburyAU ... what's the definitive ruling on chocolate storage? Fridge or room temp?"

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"Chocolate should always be stored in a slightly cool, dry, dark place such as cupboard or pantry at temperatures less than 21°C to ensure the quality isn't compromised," they replied.

And hey, if you thought people were fuming about cucumbers, you can imagine the uproar that caused.

Featured Image Credit: Unsplash

Topics: This Morning, Tasty Food, Holly Willoughby, Tasty

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]