When it comes to storing food properly, everyone has their own beliefs and theories as to what they store in their fridge and why. While there may not be a definitively right or wrong way to store food products such as butter, there are certain foods that are much more straightforward.
Some foods never belong in your fridge. The cold either alters their flavor or makes them go moldy fast. Some of them include:
The cold air might keep away the mold but it will also dry out your bread quickly. Unless it’s sliced sandwich bread that you intend to use within a few days, keep bread out on the counter or in the freezer. You should keep bread that you will eat within four days out, to be sliced when you’re ready to eat it, and you should freeze the rest to thaw and eat later. Bread in the freezer should be wrapped so it retains its moisture, and when you remove it from the freezer, you should let it thaw slowly and completely before eating or toasting.
Let’s face it, who wants to eat cold avocados anyway? Unripe avocados should be left to ripen on their own in a cool, dry place but once you’ve cut a slice that you don’t want to use right away, you can store it in the fridge. Just make sure it doesn’t stay there for too long.
The cold temperatures don’t affect the inside of the banana as much, what changes the most is its skin which may turn black or brown and you know how we quickly discard such. On the other hand, putting green bananas in the fridge slows down the ripening process so the fruit will pretty much be green for a longer time.
Tomatoes lose all their flavor in the fridge. The cold air in the fridge stops the ripening process and also alters the texture of the tomato. They should be stored on the counter or in a bowl or basket.
Honey is probably the only product in the kitchen that never goes bad, thus there’s no need to keep it in the fridge. Also, the cold temperature will crystallize the honey making it harder to use.
Whole melons are best enjoyed at room temperature and their antioxidants are kept more intact while at the counter. However, you can enjoy your cold slice of watermelon once cut and you can also store the slices for three to four days in the fridge.
Most of us have the habit of keeping half cut onions in the fridge, especially in the compartments at the door of the fridge. This exposure to changing humidity makes them moldy and mushy thus losing their flavor.
Cloves of garlic can actually start sprouting in the fridge. They also tend to get moldy and they lose their powerful flavor.
- Olive Oil
Olive oil, just like honey and other cooking oils should be stored in a cool, dark place.
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