You might not think cucumbers are a bad food to place into the fridge but the reality is, if you do refrigerate them, you’ll be encouraging them to go off much faster. The humble cucumber tastes delicious between two slices of bread in a summer sandwich and is wonderfully cooling when added to a glass of icy water – but once it’s in the fridge, it can quickly deteriorate into mush.
This is because the inside of your refrigerator is a highly damp environment, which is definitely not ideal for cucumbers, as they need to be kept crisp. But how should you store cucumbers and is there anything you can do to preserve their freshness for longer?
If you have a whole cucumber that you haven’t sliced up yet, one of the best ways of preserving its freshness is to place it into a ziplock bag and then keep it out at room temperature. If you have slices of cucumber, place them in fresh water in an airtight container, which you can simply keep out in the kitchen.