Do Not Refrigerate These

By on November 6, 2014
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The life of many foods are extended by storage at temperatures below 4 degree Celsius. Such low temperatures prevent the growth of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms that would have otherwise caused the food to decay or become nonedible.

Keeping most of our food or food-related stuff in our refrigerator has become an instinct for all of us. But we should also know that for some foods refrigeration can actually lessen the flavor, change the texture, and occasionally even cause the food to spoil at a faster rate. So, despite popular belief, there are some food times that you should never store in the refrigerator. Read on to know more.

Bread

There are some people who hold fast to the belief that bread will keep longer in the fridge. These people are also eating some very dried out bread. It is perfectly fine to freeze bread, but keeping it in the fridge will cause it to very quickly dry out.

Onion 

Onions need to be kept in an area that allows air circulation. Needless to say the refrigerator does not fit that description. You should also keep them away from potatoes as they will cause the onions to rot.

Potatoes

Refrigeration is a sure-fire way to kill the flavor of potatoes. Instead you want to store potatoes in a dry paper bag, but not a plastic bag as this promotes moisture and mold.

Avocado

Avocados need to be ripe before they are refrigerated. Once ripe, they will last for up to about a week in the fridge. It is best to refrigerate the whole avocado, to keep it from browning when exposed to air.

Hot Sauce

You can actually store hot sauce, along with various other condiments such as Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and sriracha, outside of the fridge and in a pantry for up to three years.

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Tomatoes

If you want to obliterate all of the flavor and texture of a good tomato then refrigerate it. If you want your tomatoes to ripen faster, however, store them out of the fridge in a paper bag.

Coffee

When you refrigerate or freeze coffee you are actually going to get a drastically different flavor. This is due to condensation. This is true for both coffee beans and coffee grounds. The best way to store coffee is in an airtight container in your pantry. 

Oils

When you keep oils, whether it is olive oil or vegetable oil, in the fridge they will actually get thick and begin to look murky and cloudy. In fact, the only oils that you must refrigerate are nut-based oils. You are best simply keeping your oils in the pantry.

Garlic

If you keep garlic in the fridge then you are drastically reducing the lifespan of that garlic’s usability. This is because refrigeration reduces the flavor of the garlic and the refrigerated environment can actually cause mold to develop. You want to store garlic loose. After you break the head of the garlic you want to use it within ten days.

Honey

If you store honey in the fridge you are going to end up with a thickened, hardened, crystallized mess. You can store honey outside of the fridge and it will stay good for almost indefinitely. 

Melons

If you want to give melons the best possible flavor then you need to store them out on the counter at room temperature. This helps to keep the antioxidants intact. It does need to be said, however, that you can store melon in the fridge for three to four days after it has been cut into pieces.  

Batteries 

There is a myth that storing batteries in the fridge will help them last longer. However, too much cold and too much heat can both cause batteries to actually lose power at a faster rate.

Nail Polish

Refrigerating nail polish will actually cause the polish to thicken. It also changes the chemicals. The best way to store nail polish is always at room temperature and out of direct sunlight.

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