Many of us think that keeping food in the fridge keeps it fresher for longer. unfortunately, this is not true for all foodstuffs. Not everything belongs in the fridge. Here are 10 foodstuffs that you should avoid keeping in the refrigerator and why.
1. Potatoes. Potatoes should ideally be stored in paper bags or net bags in a cool, dry place such as inside your pantry. Storing potatoes in the fridge turns the starch into sugar causing your potato to be sweet, gritty and will discolour once cooked. Do not wash before storing as the dampness will accelerate spoilage.
2. Onions. Onions should not be stored in the fridge as the moisture will soften them and cause them to become mushy. Store them in a dry, well-ventilated area and make sure it is dark to avoid sprouting.
3. Tomatoes. Storing tomatoes in the fridge damages the membrane inside the tomato which then alters the taste and flavour. Refrigerated tomatoes taste a bit watery and unripe. Keep them in a bowl or basket on the counter. They will ripen and increase their flavour.
4. Garlic. Garlic should be stored in a cool and dry place. Putting them in the fridge will cause them to sprout and turn rubbery.
5. Bread. Bread is a common foodstuff that is wrongly stored in the fridge. Keeping bread in the fridge makes it tough and chewy. This also accelerates its process to go stale due to the moist and cold temperature.
6. Honey. Keeping honey in the fridge will cause it to crystallize leaving it grainy and lumpy. Honey stays fresh and smooth when stored outside. Make sure that it is tightly sealed.
7. Avocados. Keep your avocados in open brown bags and outside the fridge. Putting them in the fridge hinders their ripening process. Storing avocados near bananas will accelerate their ripening process.
8. Bananas. If you have bought bananas that still need to ripen, you should not put them in the fridge. The cold temperatures will turn them mushy and black as they do not have a natural defence in the cold. However, ripe bananas are safe to keep in the fridge.
9. Melons. Keeping your uncut melons in the fridge can have a chilling effect on them which in turns affects their nutritional value. Melons are best kept on the fruit rack. You can however wrap sliced pieces of melon in cling film and refrigerate.
10. Olive Oil. Keeping olive oil in the fridge will cause it to condense and turn into a hard, butter-like consistency. Like other oils, olive oil should be stored in a cool and dark place.
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