15 Foods You Should Not Put In The Fridge
We are used to treating the fridge as a safe-haven for storing all kinds of foods and drinks, even though there are come foods we should not put in it. Which are those?
It is not that if you put these things in the fridge it will do you some kind of harm, but, yet, it can cause a nuisance for your palate as tastes and textures become ruined. Try and keep the taste of your food, by not putting in the following foods in the fridge.
Keeping garlic in the fridge makes it go off pretty quickly. Namely, it will grow mold and it will become soft, like a rubber if you do keep it in the fridge. The bad thing is that its appearance on the outside is rarely altered, so it makes it almost impossible for you to tell whether it is good or not, until you decide to slice some up to fry up with your chili and prawns.
The pickles contain lots of preservatives, especially vinegar, in order to stay crisp in the pantry. However, if you like your pickles cold, put them in the refrigerator door, thus leaving the coldest spots of the fridge for items that really need the space.
Whether you consider oils to be food or a food ingredient, you should know that putting them into the fridge tends to turn them into a stodgy, almost butter-spread-like consistency. This is especially the case with olive and coconut oils, as they tend to solidify at cooler temperatures and it might take a long time to become liquid again. A hint: if you do this mistake and place these oils in the fridge, next time, put the oil into the microwave for a quick burst to get the consistency back before use.
Keeping tomatoes in the fridge is bad because the cold temperature begins to play havoc with their texture and makes them mealy. You probably do not like the salad with tomatoes in it which taste mushy and even have ice crystals inside them. This happens when someone stores tomatoes in the fridge.
Similarly to tomatoes, onions also tend to become incredibly mushy or moldy when kept in the fridge for too long. When the onion has been cut, its layers start the process of drying up even if it is wrapped up tightly. Another problem with cut onions is that they engulf the location they are currently in with their aroma. That explains the onion smell of everything that is being chopped on the wooden chopping board after there had been cut onions.
Whether it is grounded or in its bean form, coffee should not be kept in the fridge. That is because coffee acts practically as a sponge with smells around it, so if you put it in the fridge, it will start absorbing the different smells in your fridge and the whole batch will never go back to its original Arabica taste.
There is another problem with keeping coffee in the fridge, though. At the sudden change of temperature, moisture starts coming out of the coffee, and this de-saturates the taste right out of the bean.
The starch in the potatoes usually starts breaking down at a cold temperature. That is why refrigerating potatoes will make them sweet or gritty, which is not that good since they lose their taste, no matter what you do to them.
Depending on how ripe you like your bananas, you should decide whether you want to store them in the fridge or not. The cold temperature in the fridge slows down the process of ripening. Thus, if you place a green banana in the fridge, it will probably stay green for quite a long time.
On the other hand, if the bananas are already ripe, and you do not intend to eat them soon, you should put them in the fridge. Even though the skin might become black or brown, the inside of the fruit will remain perfect.
Even if you come across a jar of honey 1000 years old, you will see that it is as fresh as the day it was put into that jar. this means that honey is a naturally preserved food. If you keep the honey in the fridge, you increase the rate of its sugar crystallization, which will eventually make it a dough-like food, and it will make it hard for you to scoop it out of the jar.
Jams are perfectly safe to be kept out of the fridge, maybe in the pantry, after its opening, since it is abundant in preservatives. The case with the jellies is the same.
Often times, people say that it is for the best to store any melon fruit in the fridge once it has been cut open. Still, before having it cup open, you should leave it outside the fridge. Some studies have shown that keeping melons at a room temperature helps them keep the antioxidant levels intact.
We all know that berries have pretty short shelf life, so there is no point in putting the in the fridge. You should eat them within a day or two after you have bought them.
Most of the times you buy avocado from the store, it is really solid, almost stone-hard. That is why it is going to take a significant amount of time in order for it to become ripe and taste great. Keeping the avocado in the fridge slows down this process of ripening, pretty much like the banana, and it practically freezes in time.
Breads are not that good when stored in the fridge. You can only store the bread in the fridge when it is in the form of a sandwich, because when it is being kept in the fridge, it goes incredibly tough and chewy. Also, the cold temperatures make the bread stale in far less time than the room temperatures.
The only exception when you are allowed to keep fresh herbs in the fridge is when they are wrapped tightly or put in an air-tight container. Just like coffee, fresh herbs absorb smells from the environment, and after that, it is impossible for them to return to their original flavor. Also, when kept in the fridge, fresh herbs tend to lose their flavor and go dry pretty quickly, so unless you plan to wrap them up, it would be wise to keep them outside in the open and away from strong odors.
It is a fact that many of the items we buy on a regular basis are best when stored at room temperature, in the pantry and vegetable racks, instead in the fridge. Do you keep some of the items from the list above in your fridge? What do you think about changing that habit?
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