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I noticed mushrooms freeze in my fridge when nothing else does. Can anybody explain the phenomenon?

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Have you tried storing them in a different spot and storing something else in that position? Sometimes fridges have cold spots. – Yamikuronue Jun 9 '13 at 19:26
it's not so much of a problem, i am still able to cut them, just curious – amphibient Jun 9 '13 at 20:46

Your fridge is infact below freezing temperature, perhaps just slightly. Water (the main liquid in mushrooms) never freezes at temperatures above freezing (0C/32F).

Mushrooms have a lot of surface area and are very light so their temperature can match the fridge easier. Try placing dry lettuce there and you'll notice the same thing.

If it's a small and not so full fridge, you can raise the temperature a bit.

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Sometimes nature is more complex than that – Dr. belisarius Jun 10 '13 at 15:30
It is, but that study doesn't show how water can freeze at above freezing, it shows how it may not form ice crystals at below. – MandoMando Jun 10 '13 at 16:30

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