Why We Should Never Store These 10 Foods In The Fridge

Date July 10, 2018

Not all food is created equal. When we think of storing perishable products properly in order to preserve their healthy qualities, we imagine no better place than the fridge. However, there are foods that do not favor such a cold climate and require a different environment.

These are 10 products you should not keep in the refrigerator.

1. Basil

Tender basil leaves are better kept keep in a cup of water on your kitchen table. In the fridge, it fasters and absorbs the odor from the other products. If you want to store the basil for a long time, blanch it and keep it in the freezer.

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2. Tomatoes

Cold temperatures change the way tomatoes look, taste and smell, as  the membranes within are ruined. While in the fridge, the tomatoes ripening process, which intensifies the flavor of this fruit, is interrupted. So don't be surprised to discover that your tomatoes have become tasteless and flavorless. 

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3. Onions

The best storage for onions should be a dark and cool place, but not in the fridge. The onions would turn moldy and soft because of the moisture inside and deteriorate fast.

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4. Garlic

Garlic may lose its powerful qualities when stored in the fridge. The moist environment make it soft and moldy inside, which results in decay. Incidentally, you may notice the garlic start to sprout in the fridge.

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5. Potato

If you store potatoes in the fridge, the cold temperature will change the starch to sugar, altering a potato’s taste. This vegetable needs a cool, but not cold, temperature and a dark place, inside the pantry, for instance. Opt for paper bags instead of plastic ones.

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6. Avocado

When you buy an avocado, you expect it to ripe and gain that beautiful flavour and soft texture. The climate inside a fridge will stop the ripening process, though, and make the fruit harden.

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7. Bread

In the fridge, bread will quickly go dry, and you don’t want that to happen. Keep it in a paper bag on the counter if you want to eat it during the next day or two. If it’s toast bread you plan to use throughout a longer period of time, put it in the freezer in a tight wrap so as to retain the moisture.

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8. Honey

Honey is a superfood that practically has no expiration date. Just keep it tightly sealed out of the fridge and you will enjoy its taste and beneficial qualities for a long time. A cold weather will make it crystallize.

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9. Coffee

Larger amounts of coffee are better stored in the freezer. When in the fridge, it will lose the flavor and taste. Moreover, it can absorb all the other odors.

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10. Olive oil

Olive oil should be kept in a cool, dry place. Left in the fridge, it will change its consistency, smell and color. Apparently, it will condense and turn into a buttery mixture.

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These foods do not belong in the fridge. Not only do they their properties change, but they also lose its beneficial, healthy attributes and are spoiled sooner.

Find a cool place in the kitchen cabinet with no sunlight and moist, or store them in the cellar, if you have one. Then you’ll be able to prolong the products’ expiration date and enjoy them fully!

Source: HuffingtonPost

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