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Oranges and Grapefruits

Do you keep them in the refrigerator? (This is not addressed to lucky people in Florida and California who, I imagine, have them falling like raindrops on their heads from the trees and don't even have to think about storage because they're always fresh.) I just bought a bagful of each from California (no more Florida navels available) and as I set them out on the counter as usual, it occurred to me to wonder if they might last longer/taste better if I put them in the fridge. Some chowhound will surely know!

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  1. I like the counter just in a basket, but I go through mine pretty quick. Just depends how many and how often you use them.

    Sometimes I chill them before eating I like my grapefruit chilled and oranges too. Put 2 or 3 in the fridge at a time and the rest on the counter. I do live in FL however ... if it is really warm fridge. You don't want them to cook. Houses and near windows can get pretty warm.

    Got lots of good recipes if interested with seafood, scallops, shrimp, salmon and chicken and salads of course.

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    1. re: kchurchill5

      Please do share your recipes, but we'd appreciate it if you'd post them on the Home Cooking board, http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/31 where they'll be seen by our enthusiastic cooks! Just leave a note here, with a link to your new post on Home Cooking. Thanks.

      1. re: The Chowhound Team

        I am more than willing too, I just didn't want to post all, I thought maybe he would say scallops or shrimp and then I would reply. I have been doing that. I just thought it was polite to ask which one they wanted. I am more than willing. But I have 10 or 20 that I would post. What is Home cooking?

        1. re: kchurchill5

          Home Cooking is the Home Cooking board linked to above.

    2. I think citrus tastes better at room temperature than chilled, so I keep oranges and grapefruit in a basket on the kitchen counter. Yes, I do believe they'd last longer if they were kept in the fridge. But when they're out on the counter, they get eaten more quickly. One of the best things about winter is citrus fruit, and right now, grapefruit is the snack of choice in my household.

      1. All fruit in this house lives in a big bowl on the kitchen counter, except things we might use only part of at a time, like melons and lemons, which live on the counter but go into the fridge once they've been cut open.

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        1. re: BobB

          Apples, too? I find that apples are tastier and crisper when kept in the fridge.

          1. re: CindyJ

            Apples too. They don't usually last that long, and I think it just looks nice to see a big bowl of mixed fruit in the middle of the kitchen. It's usually filled with apples, oranges, lemons, bananas, and melon or pineapple - occasionally pears and grapefruit too. Plums and peaches in season. We eat a lot of fruit!

        2. I'm a bit of a citrus freak. Now that they're in season, I eat about 2 grapefruits a day. I find my citrus fruits more refreshing when they are chilled, so I keep them in the fridge. This latest batch of pink grapefruits are so juicy, it's incredible! But as a rule, citrus is more juicy when it's room temp. However you store them, it's usually best to take them out of the bag, especially if they are room temp to avoid sweating, moldy, etc.

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          1. re: Raquel

            True ... I only refrig a few at a time when I know I'm eating them to be cool. Just me I like my chilled but you can do just a few ata time. Room temp by fat. Totally agree. I just had some ruby reds which I think was more juice then pulp. Un believable flavor. No sugar needed

          2. Most citrus gets less juicy somehow when cold, so I keep them out.

            1. I have an old antique wire hanging basket that I keep onions and shallots in the top and my fruit on the second bigger, like lemons, limes and oranges and grape fruits and apples on the bottom with grapefruit, size oriented :). It was totally rusted. just soaked in a gallon of stripper for 15 minutes and presto. Returned to perfection. Looks great, wire mesh, keeps the veggies perfect ... keeps for weeks. Just don't hang under or close to a heat vent or a air conditioning vent. Not like the new ones, these are really cool and unique designs. I love keeping them in the kitchen for me, no counter space so this works really well.

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              1. re: kchurchill5

                Berkshire Tsarina, I live in Texas, we're eating Texas oranges and grapefruit, and we don't refrigerate. It's not all about Fla. and Ca.

                1. re: James Cristinian

                  So glad you posted, JamesC! My apologies. You reminded me that 15 or more years ago, for a couple of winters, we would get a box of Texas Reds shipped up to us in the dead of Yankee winter from Red Cooper. And they were delicious. But I'd forgotten all about it, as I should not, being half-Texan. My mother was born and bred in Beaumont, but married a Northerner and lived the rest of her life up North. I'm going to check and see if Red Cooper is still around and shipping!

                  1. re: James Cristinian

                    TX good fruit too, sorry to leave you out.

                2. The best adult beverage I've ever had was at a friend's place in Florida. We were drinking vodka and tonic, and ran out of tonic. My friend ran out into the yard, climbed a tree, and came back with half a dozen grapefruit. The flavour was tremendous. Now, I'm spoiled, and can't stand the grapefruit we get in Toronto; it's bitter in comparison. Oh, the tribulations of living in the Great White North!

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                  1. re: KevinB

                    Rum and Grapefruit with just a dash of lime is amazing. Also a sprig of mint. Mojito sort of. It is great and refreshing.

                  2. Here in Southern California, I need my daily citrus. I feel compelled to answer whether you like it or not.
                    I keep the running supply in the 'fridge because they don't like warm environments, and keep enough for the next few days on the counter at room temperature for maximum enjoyment. Warm citrus loses its flavor.
                    Think like an orange rather than a human.